Pittsfield Energy Program Will Net Savings for Residents and Businesses

The City of Pittsfield, in conjunction with the Colonial Power Group, Inc., is pleased to announce a new cost-saving initiative, the Pittsfield Community Choice Power Supply Program, which will provide city residents and businesses with a collective savings of more than $780,000 toward electricity costs over the next six months.

The program, effective January 2018, is a municipal aggregation which enables local government to combine the purchasing power of its residents and businesses to provide them with an alternative to the existing basic service costs. Following a competitive bidding process, the city signed a 36-month contract with NextEra Energy Services, of Houston, to procure the city’s electricity supply at a fixed rate from January 2018 through December 2020. The program also provides 25 percent more solar energy than the state minimum, and derived from renewable energy projects in the region.

“This program will allow our residents and small business owners to gain the benefit of lower energy costs through the power of bulk purchasing,” said Mayor Linda Tyer. “The two main goals are price stability and a lower overall cost. By implementing this energy program, with the help of Colonial Power Group, I am pleased to say that we are able to achieve both goals for our community.”

Pittsfield residents and businesses who currently receive Eversource Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in the Pittsfield Community Electricity program’s standard option, available for .09976 cents/kWh. The January 2018 bill will state the transition to Pittsfield’s program, and the February 2018 bill will show Pittsfield’s supplier and aggregation rate under “Supplier Services.”

Participating residents and businesses will see a combined average savings of 13 percent in their monthly energy bills during the first six months of the program – a collective savings of more than $780,000.

“The Pittsfield Community Choice Program provides price stability, local control, and competition while also lowering the burden of energy costs for Pittsfield’s residents and the business community,” said Mark Cappadona, President of Colonial Power Group, Inc., of the company which was chosen to design, implement, and administer the program on behalf of the city. “We commend Mayor Tyer and the Pittsfield City Council for their forward-thinking approach to energy purchasing.”

As the delivery portion of the monthly bill is not affected by this program, participants will continue to receive and pay one bill from Eversource, and the company will continue to deliver electricity to Pittsfield, read meters, maintain the distribution and transmission lines, and will respond to emergencies and power outages. Those who are eligible for discounts from Eversource, such as a low-income discount, will continue to receive the same benefits. Those with solar panels on their property will continue to receive net metering credits, which will continue to be calculated based on the Eversource Basic Service rate, not on the program rate.

Residents and businesses eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a letter in the mail with detailed program information by late November. Electricity customers who have already established a contract with their own competitive electricity supplier will not be automatically enrolled and will not receive a letter.

For those community members who are eligible to participate and would like to opt-in, but did not receive a notification letter, please call 855-639-8134 or visit www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/<http://www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/>.

An opt-out option is available at any time with no penalty or fee, allowing residents or businesses to return to Eversource’s Basic Service or secure their own electricity contracts. To opt-out, do one of the following:

-          Sign and return on the Opt-Out reply card included in the mailing

-          Visit colonialpowergroup.com/Pittsfield/, click the OPT-OUT button and follow the instructions specified.

-          Call NextEra at 885-639-8134.

The city and representatives of Colonial Power Group will be hosting two public informational sessions on the program:

·         1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Senior Center

·         6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Berkshire Athenaeum

Colonial Power Group, which serves more than 60 municipalities in Massachusetts, is a leading aggregation consulting firm in Massachusetts. Additional information is available on the program website at www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield<http://www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield>. Questions or comments can be made directly to Pittsfield Community Electricity program consultants at 1-866-485-5858 or emailed to pittsfield@colonialpowergroup.com<mailto:pittsfield@colonialpowergroup.com>.