Somerville Community Choice Electricity (CCE) is an electricity supply program organized by the City of Somerville to provide residents and businesses with new, City-vetted options for electricity supply. The program is an important part of Somerville Climate Forward, our comprehensive climate change plan
Long Term Value
During the first three years of Somerville CCE (July 2017 through July 2020), the program has generated over $5.8 million in savings to residents and businesses, compared to Eversource Basic Service. Future savings cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service rates are unknown.
Cleaner by Default
Our standard product, Somerville Local Green, includes 10% more renewable electricity than Eversource Basic Service. Learn more about our clean electricity.
100% Clean Option
Looking for even more clean electricity than our default product? You can choose Somerville 100% Local Green to get all your electricity from renewable energy in New England. Sign up online in 5 minutes.
You might qualify for a 36% low-income discount from Eversource! Note: this discount does not affect your participation in our Somerville CCE program.
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 CEA has a standard product, called 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.
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.
Eversource Basic Service Rates
$0.11795/kWh for Residential, January – June 2021
$0.11086/kWh for Small Business, January – June 2021
$0.09427/kWh for Large Business, April – June 2021
Future savings compared to Eversource Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
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.
Support Renewable Energy Sources
Somerville CCE’s standard and optional products include more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I), than required by the Commonwealth. This means you can support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region.
Increased Choice and
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 that they 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.