Tax Deductions: The cost of the additional renewable energy provided through Somerville Community Choice Electricity is eligible for a federal tax deduction. To receive a receipt to file with your 2022 taxes, you must fill out the form here. Hard copy letters are not being mailed.
Somerville has renewed its Community Choice Electricity (Somerville CCE) Program, with new contract prices starting in November 2022. Current program participants do not need to take any action – you will automatically receive the new pricing as of November 2022.
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Somerville Community Choice Electricity is a program offered by the city of Somerville to provide new electricity supply options and more renewable energy to Somerville residents and businesses.
Check if You Participate
Most Somerville residents already participate in the CEA program. Check the Supplier section on your electricity bill. If it says “Your electric supplier is: DIRECT ENERGY CITY OF SOMERVILLE”, then that account is enrolled. If you currently participate, no action is necessary.
How to Join
If you do not currently participate, sign up today using our online form, or by calling the supplier, Direct Energy, at (888) 306-5243. Review the pricing below to select your desired option.
Clean & Competitive
Through July 2022, Somerville CCE’s default product has saved participants nearly $11 million in savings, compared to Eversource Basic Service, while also containing more renewable energy. Future savings cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service rates are unknown.
Somerville’s new contract doubles the amount of voluntary renewable energy in our City’s default product, Local Green, the most popular program option, to further reduce our community’s contribution to climate change.
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.
The electricity options provided through Somerville CCE reduce our contribution to climate change and move towards carbon neutrality, as envisioned in our community’s climate change plan, Somerville Climate Forward.
Somerville CCE has a standard product, Somerville Local Green, which has more renewable energy certificates (MA Class I RECs) than required by the Commonwealth. Participants in the Program receive Somerville Local Green unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity products.
|Somerville Local Green||Somerville 100% Green||Somerville Basic||Eversource Basic Service Residential|
|Price||15.654 ¢/kWh||18.614 ¢/kWh||14.914 ¢/kWh||25.776 ¢/kWh|
|Voluntary Renewable Energy Content||Adds 20% voluntary renewable energy (MA Class I RECs)||Adds 100% voluntary renewable energy (MA Class I RECs)||-||-|
|Duration||25 Months: November 2022 to December 2024||25 Months: November 2022 to December 2024||25 Months: November 2022 to December 2024||6 Months: January to June 2023|
Products described as green contain renewable energy certificates (MA Class I RECs) above that required by the Commonwealth and come only from solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and low-impact hydro located within New England. Local refers to New England.
All of the additional RECs included in the Program are designated as Massachusetts Class I. RECs are the accepted legal instrument used to track renewable energy generation and to substantiate claims of renewable energy use. Learn more about the RECs that are included on the Renewable Energy page.
Somerville CCE pricing will remain fixed and in effect from January 2020 – December 2022.
To see current pricing through November 2022, click here.
You may qualify for a
36% low-income discount from Eversource!
Note: this discount does not affect your participation in our Somerville CCE Program.
Benefits of Somerville CCE
Competitive, Stable Price
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the Program, Somerville CCE provides competitive, stable rates. Please note, savings compared to Eversource Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
Somerville CCE’s standard and optional products include more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth. This enables you to support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region.
The Program offers three different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Somerville can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in Somerville CCE may leave the Program at any time without penalty.
Solar Electricity Consumers will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the Program.
Budget Plan or Eligible Low-Income delivery rate consumers will continue to receive those benefits from the utility.
How to Participate in Somerville CCE
Most residents and businesses in Somerville already participate in the Somerville CCE program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them – the Supplier should be listed as Direct Energy City of Somerville. If Eversource is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for Somerville CCE. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to check for penalties or termination fees the supplier may charge before you join the Somerville CCE program.
Participation in the Somerville CCE program is voluntary; you can leave the Program at any time without fee or penalty.
The Program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes the program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates. Customers who receive this letter and do not choose to opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
Questions & Support
Have questions or need help? Please visit the support page, which contains the contact information for the current program supplier and a form for comments.