Municipal Aggregation 

City of Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply Program, AKA Municipal Aggregation

The City of Pittsfield is pleased to announce that Dynegy Energy Services has been selected as the supplier for its Community Choice Power Supply Program. The City’s new aggregation rate is fixed at $0.09603 per kWh for all rate classes for 36 months (January 2021 to January 2024). 23% of the power supply will be offset with MA Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from New England renewable sources, which is 5% above the current state mandate of 18% for these renewables. Eversource’s Residential Basic Service rate is fixed at $0.10795 per kWh from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

 It is important to note that no action will be required by individual consumers. All accounts currently enrolled in the Program will be switched to Dynegy Energy Services as of the January 2021 meter reads. This change will be noted on the January 2021 bills and will be seen on the February 2021 bills. Consumers with questions about the Program should call Colonial Power Group, the City’s aggregation consultant, at (866) 485-5858 ext. 1.

 Also, the City is offering a new Optional Green Product which provides 100% MA Class I RECs. This product is being offered at $0.12978 per kWh for the same 36-month term.You may OPT-IN to this product at any time by visiting https://colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/ or calling Dynegy at (866) 220-5696 and asking to be enrolled.

YOU WILL NOT NOTICE ANY CHANGE IN YOUR ELECTRICITY SERVICE AS A RESULT OF THIS CONTRACT CHANGE. The only difference you will see is that Dynegy will be printed under the “Supplier Services” section of your monthly bill.  You will continue to receive one bill from Eversource. You will continue to send your payments to Eversource for processing. Eversource will continue to respond to emergencies, read meters and maintain the distribution and transmission lines. Reliability and quality of service will remain the same. Furthermore, you will continue to have all existing consumer rights and protections.

 For more detailed information about the City’s Program, including how to OPT-OUT or OPT-IN, or to access Eversource’s Basic Service rates, please visit https://colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/.V


BACKGROUND

The City of Pittsfield began exploring the Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply Program in 2015 to bring the benefits of renewable energy and electricity choice to its residents and businesses. Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply's goal is to support local renewable energy projects and maximizes consumer protections, all at a price at or below the average price of Basic Service power from the utility. The program is part of Pittsfield’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability. 

This Program - generally called municipal aggregation - enables local governments to combine the purchasing power of its residents and businesses to provide them with an alternative to Eversource Basic Service (M.G.L. c. 164, § 134). The initial program, which tool effect on January 1, 2018, offered residents and small businesses on local electricity utility Eversource's Basic Service rate 25% more solar electricity. 

This Program only affects the supply portion of your monthly bill. It will not affect the delivery portion of your monthly bill. Eversource will continue to deliver your electricity but Pittsfield has chosen the supplier for the Program. NextEra will provide electric power supply for all consumers currently on Basic Service in Pittsfield, and beginning in 2021 it will be Dynagy that will be the energy supplier..


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN THIS PROGRAM unless you choose not to participate and you opt-out.

The aggregation rate will befixed at $0.09603 for 36 months (January 2021to January 2024) while Eversource’s Basic Service rate changes twice a year, in January and July. As a result, the aggregation rate may not always be lower than Eversource’s Basic Service rate. The goal of the aggregation is to deliver savings over the life of the Program against Eversource’s Basic Service rate.

There is NO PENALTY CHARGE TO OPT-OUT of the Program and return to Eversource Basic Service.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN MAILED A NOTIFICATION you do not need to take any action to participate in the Program.

BUDGET PLAN OR ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME DELIVERY RATE CONSUMERS will continue to receive those benefits from Eversource.

SOLAR PANEL CONSUMERS will continue to receive their net metering credits while benefiting from the aggregation rate.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN A COMPETITIVE SUPPLIER ON YOUR OWN you must opt-out of this Program. This will ensure you continue to get your electricity from that Competitive Supplier.

 

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN A GREEN POWER SUPPLY OPTION ON YOUR OWN you must opt-out of this Program. This will ensure you continue to get your electricity from that Green Power Supply.

 IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM you may: 1) Opt-out and continue paying Eversource’s Basic Service rate; or 2) Opt-out and choose your own Competitive Supplier (if one is available to you).

 
HOW TO OPT-OUT

Visit www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/ and click the opt-out button, then fill out and submit the Opt-Out Form;


OR

•Call Dynagy at (866) 220-5696 and ask to remain on Eversource Basic Service.

 

 ANY TIME AFTER ENROLLMENT you can still opt-out with NO PENALTY CHARGE. It may take a couple of billing cycles before you are back on Eversource Basic Service. If you choose to opt-out after the initial enrollment, you may submit an Opt-Out form at www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/ OR call NextEra at (866) 220-5696 and ask to be placed on Eversource Basic Service.

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION regarding Pittsfield’s Program, please visit www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/  or call us toll-free at (866) 485-5858 ext. 1. 

 TO ACCESS EVERSOURCE’S BASIC SERVICE RATES please visit:

•Residential Rates – https://www.eversource.com/Content/wma/residential/my-account/billing-payment/rates-tariffs/basic-service

•Business Rates – https://www.eversource.com/Content/wma/business/my-account/billing-payment/rates-tariffs/basic-service

 

ABOUT COMPETETIVE SUPPLY

It is possible to choose a competitive electricity supplier to deliver your electricity, but the terms and conditions of cancellation depend on the contract you sign with the competitive supplier. Eversource owns the power lines that delver electricity to your house so they remain your distribution company and continue to bill you. You will simply notice a different supplier (and supply price) on your bill.

Learn more about how competitive supply works on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website here, and also see this informational document.

If you choose to seek electricity supply from another vendor, we advise residents to thoroughly educate themselves about a competitive supplier before signing a contract.

Many competitive suppliers claim to include renewable energy as part of their energy mix. However, these claims may not always be taken at face value. Often, competitive suppliers can offer a lower rate because they are producing electricity more cheaply, but using a dirtier fuel like coal, and then mixing it with inexpensive renewables like Midwest wind energy. Other suppliers promise renewable energy, but may deliver energy that you might not consider renewable, like biomass. Other suppliers provide renewable electricity through RECs (renewable energy certificates and there is some controversy about whether REC's actually increase the amount of renewables on the grid because, in some areas of the country, wind farms are inexpensive to build and many argue they would be built regardless of RECs. If you are interested in supporting renewable energy generation, see the Mass Energy FAQs

As with all consumer products, you should read contracts carefully. Some rates are month-to-month variable, while other rates are fixed for 6 to 12 months. Often a fixed rate reverts to variable rate after six (6) months unless you sign a new fixed rate contract and companies do not have to notify you that the fixed rate term is ending.

The cheapest and most effective way to save money on your utility bills is to invest in energy efficiency, either on your own or using the Mass Save program.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply Program, please contact Colonial Power at www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield  or call toll-free at (866) 485-5858 ext. 1