Weston Power Choice Aggregation Program
The Town of Weston is developing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, called Weston Power Choice.
Implementing a municipal electricity aggregation program like Weston Power Choice is a regulated process that is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The implementation process can take as long as a year to complete because this is how long it usually takes the DOER and the DPU to approve a Town’s implementation plan for the program. Weston’s program was initiated by the December 3, 2019 Special Town Meeting vote, which authorized the Select Board to pursue CCA.
Additional information on CCA and Weston Power Choice can be found by following the web page links further below.
Weston Power Choice will allow the Town to purchase electricity supply in bulk for Weston residents and small businesses that are enrolled in Eversource’s Basic Service. A key feature of the program is the integration of additional renewable energy into the power supply. Participants will benefit from more choices, a reduction of their carbon footprint, greater price stability, and the potential for lower electricity supply rates (savings cannot be guaranteed).
Participants in Weston Power Choice will remain Eversource customers and will continue to receive one electricity bill from them. They will also continue to call Eversource if they lose power. The program will only change the supply price and the supplier name on participants’ electricity bills. The supply price will be locked in for a longer period, typically 2-3 years, compared with every 6 months for Eversource residential and small business customers.
Weston Power Choice is an “opt-out” program as required under Massachusetts law and all Weston Eversource Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled. Residents who have contracted their own electricity supply independently will not be automatically enrolled but are welcome to join Weston Power Choice at any time.
Municipal electricity aggregation is a form of group electricity purchasing. A program like Weston Power Choice replaces your electricity supplier, and it changes the price that Eversource uses to calculate the supply services charge on your electricity bill but does not replace Eversource as your electric utility. In addition, aggregation can increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply.
Community Choice Aggregation provides residents a significant reduction in their carbon footprint, long-term electricity price stability, and more.
Learn the required steps, as outlined by the state's Department of Public Utilities, Weston will take before this program goes live.
Weston has engaged the consulting team of MassPowerChoice to help develop the Weston Power Choice program, which has created this website to aid residents with information now and with program implementation later.