Somerville Community Choice Electricity (CCE) is the City’s program to provide competitively priced, stable and green electricity options to Somerville residents and businesses1.
Somerville CCE is changing electricity suppliers, from Dynegy to Direct Energy Services. There was a notice of this in your December 2019 Eversource bill. You do not need to take any action to remain in the program.
More Renewable Energy
Good news! We are doubling the percentage of local renewable energy in our energy portfolio from 5% to 10% extra for our standard product Somerville Local Green participants.
Lower Cost Standard Product
Somerville Local Green will cost 15% less than Eversource’s Basic Service supply for residential customers. Eversource rate is fixed from January – June 2020. Future savings cannot be guaranteed.1
Somerville CCE is a municipal aggregation, or Community Electricity Aggregation, program operated by the City of Somerville. With Somerville CCE, Eversource continues to deliver electricity and manage all electricity billing. The only change is the source and cost of electricity supply, chosen by the City of Somerville through a competitive bidding process.
Somerville CCE has a standard product called Somerville Local Green which has more renewable energy than required by state law. Participants in the program receive Somerville Local Green unless they have affirmatively chosen one of our optional products. Click here to learn more, including how to switch your choice.
Somerville CCE pricing will remain fixed and in effect from January 2020 – December 2022.
Eversource Basic Service Rates
12.517¢/kWh for Residential, January – June 2020
12.007¢/kWh for Small Business, January – June 2020
9.091¢/kWh for Large Business, April – June 2020
Future savings cannot be guaranteed.1
Benefits of Somerville CCE
Providing Competitive Pricing
Somerville CCE procures electricity supply contracts when the market is favorable. Combined with the buying power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, Somerville CCE aims to get competitive prices for our community.
A goal of the program is to produce savings for customers compared to Eversource’s Basic Service rates, however, savings cannot be guaranteed.
Ensuring Price Stability
Somerville CCE has contracted for a multi-year, fixed price contract. In contrast, Eversource Basic Service rates change every six months for Residential and Small Commercial customers, and every three months for Large Business customers. Somerville CCE avoids these frequent price fluctuations, which can often spike significantly in winter.
Using & Supporting New Renewable Energy
Somerville CCE’s Local Green and 100% Local Green both use more renewable energy than required by law, and we source it entirely from New England. Across our entire program, we are making a massive purchase of extra renewable energy. This lowers the greenhouse gas emissions of our electricity and helps support the growth of renewable energy in our region. Learn more about our renewable energy here.
How to Participate in Somerville CCE
If you’re not already participating in Somerville CCE, you can enroll here. If you already have a competitive electricity supplier (that is not Eversource Basic Service), then you may join Somerville CCE when your existing contract ends. If you are thinking about terminating your existing competitive electricity supply contract, before you make a decision, be sure to find out if there are penalties or fees for early termination.
Questions & Support
To manage Somerville CCE, the City partners with an aggregation consultant, Good Energy L.P. For questions and support, you may visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here or contact a Good Energy representative at (888) 306-5243.
1Savings compared to Eversource Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and small business customers and every three months for large business customers.