Community Aggregation Program
Ashland's 100% Green Energy Program Rate Drops 6%
ASHLAND, MA – Beginning with the December 2020 meter reads, the Ashland Community Choice Power Supply Program aggregation will have a new supplier, NextEra Energy Services. The Town of Ashland signed a thirty-six-month contract with a new rate that is 6% lower than the previous contract. The Program rate will be $0.10409 per kWh and uses 100 percent green energy which is derived from National Wind renewable energy certificates.
“We are thrilled to provide Ashland residents and business owners this green energy program at a lower rate,” said Town Manager Michael Herbert.
No action is required by individual consumers. All accounts currently enrolled in the Program will be switched to NextEra Energy Services as of the December 2020 meter reads. This change will be noted on the December 2020 bills and will be seen on the January 2021 bills.
There are no enrollment, early termination, or cancellation fees attached to the Ashland electricity program. Residents who choose to opt-out can also opt-in at a later date if they so choose at no cost. However, anyone switching from a contract with a third-party supplier may be subject to penalties or early termination fees charged by that supplier. Ratepayers should verify terms before switching.
Basic Service rates change twice a year or more, depending on rate class. As a result, the aggregation rate may not always be lower than the Basic Service rate. The goal of the aggregation is to deliver savings over the life of the program against Eversource Basic Service. However, such savings and future savings cannot be guaranteed.
Residents may also visit colonialpowergroup.com/ashland or call (866) 485-5858 ext. 1 to learn more about Ashland’s Community Choice Power Supply Program or to opt-in or opt-out.
Ashland Officials Have Released the Town’s Revised Community Choice Power Supply Program Aggregation Plan
Click here for information regarding the Aggregation Plan Public Review.
Town of Ashland Goes 100% Green for Community Aggregation Program
TOWN OF ASHLAND CHOOSES 100% GREEN ENERGY WITH COMMUNITY AGGREGATION PROGRAM
ASHLAND, MA – The Town of Ashland is pleased to announce that it has selected Public Power, LLC as the new supplier for its Community Choice Power Supply Program. And in a first for Ashland, all power purchased under the agreement will be considered “100% green” through National Wind.
In addition to transitioning to green energy, the program will also continue to provide significant savings for Ashland ratepayers. At $0.10947, Public Power’s 100% green rate is significantly less than the Eversource Basic Service rate of $0.11397. The rate, guaranteed for thirty months, ensures that residents do not need to worry about spiking energy costs based on seasonal and capacity changes.
“Locking into these long-term rates gives residents and businesses the opportunity for savings and price stability while assisting the town in transitioning from fossil fuel dependency”, stated Town Manager Michael Herbert. “We are happy we have the opportunity to extend our Community Choice program to the benefit of the town’s ratepayers and environment.”
The choice of the 100% Green option reaffirms the commitment of the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager to continue in the Town’s efforts of being a Smart, Safe, and Sustainable community. “With the contract that the Town Manager has put in place, residents of Ashland now have the opportunity to get 100 percent renewable electricity at a very competitive rate”, said Board of Selectman Chairman Rob Scherer. “This is a significant step in the fight against climate change”.
The Community Choice Aggregation program is administered through Colonial Power. In the past five years, the program has saved ratepayers over a $1 million in electricity costs through the bulk purchasing advantages of aggregation. This new contract is expected to save ratepayers $220,000 in the first year alone. With spikes occurring in the winter months, that savings is expected to increase.
Existing Eversource customers will be automatically enrolled in the Ashland Community Choice aggregation program, unless they choose to opt-out.
- Customers may leave the program at any time without early termination fees.
- Customers will continue to receive one bill from Eversource.
- Customers will continue to send payment to Eversource.
- Eversource will continue to respond to emergencies and outages.
- Reliability and quality of service will remain the same.
- Budget Plan/Low-Income delivery rate customers continue to receive benefits from Eversource.