How aggregation works

Municipal electricity aggregation is a form of group electricity purchasing. An electricity aggregation program like Canton Electricity Choice replaces your electricity supplier, and it changes the price that Eversource uses to calculate the Supply charge on your electricity bill. In addition, aggregation can increase the amount of renewable energy in your electricity supply. But electricity aggregation does not replace Eversource as your electric utility.

Here’s how it works:

Without Canton Electricity Choice

(Unless you already have a private contract with an electricity supplier)

Typically, Eversource provides two services to you as an electricity customer, and your electricity bill includes charges for both of these services:

Electricity delivery

Eversource’s primary role is as an electricity delivery company. They deliver electricity to you, maintain the poles and wires, and address power outages. They charge you for these services on the Delivery portion of your electricity bill.

Electricity supply

Eversource also provides a second service, which is to be your electricity supplier. They purchase electricity on your behalf and charge you on the Supply portion of your electricity bill for the amount you use.

When you first open your electricity account, Eversource both delivers and also supplies, or buys, your electricity.

  • The Delivery portion of your bill is calculated based on regulated Delivery prices.
  • The Supply portion of your bill is calculated using Eversource’s Basic Service price. Eversource’s Basic Service price changes every 6 months for residential and small business customers and every 3 months for large business customers.

The diagram below illustrates this scenario, where Eversource is both delivering and also supplying your electricity and Eversource’s Basic Service price is used to calculate your Supply charge.

With Canton Electricity Choice

If you participate in a municipal electricity aggregation program like Canton Electricity Choice, Eversource continues to deliver your electricity, but you no longer have Eversource’s Basic Service for the Supply portion of your electricity bill. Instead, the Town of Canton uses the group purchasing power of the community to choose an electricity supplier and to determine the price of the community’s electricity supply and whether any additional renewable electricity is included.

If you participate in Canton Electricity Choice, Eversource uses a Canton Electricity Choice price to calculate the Supply charge on your electricity bill instead of their own Basic Service price.

Otherwise, the relationship between Eversource and electricity customers in Canton does not change, and your electricity flows without interruption:

 

What changes on your electricity bill

If you participate, you will see just two changes on your Eversource electricity bill:

  1. The electricity supplier for Canton Electricity Choice will be listed on your bill as your electricity supplier.
  2. Eversource will use a Canton Electricity Choice price to calculate the Supply charge on your electricity bill instead of their own Basic Service price.

See an example Eversource electric bill.

Otherwise, your primary relationship for electricity will remain with Eversource. This means:

  • You will continue to receive your electricity bill from Eversource. This is the only electricity bill you will receive as a participant in Canton Electricity Choice.
  • You will continue to call Eversource if your power goes out. Eversource will continue to deliver electricity, restore electricity service after a power outage, and maintain the poles and wires.
  • If you have solar panels on your property or you participate in a community solar program, you will continue to receive solar credits and/or solar incentive payments, and participating in Canton Electricity Choice will not change how they are calculated.
  • If you are eligible for a low-income discount, you will continue to receive that discount.

Participating in the program

All Canton electricity customers that have Eversource’s Basic Service, meaning electricity customers that have not signed a private contract with an electricity supplier, will be eligible for automatic enrollment in Canton Electricity Choice when the program launches. 

This means most electricity customers in Canton will be enrolled in Canton Electricity Choice. If your account is eligible for automatic enrollment, you will receive a notification in the mail from the Town of Canton before you are enrolled with program details, including prices.

The automatic enrollment model is in accordance with state law, but you do not have to participate if you do not want to. You will be able to opt out before the program launches, or you can try the program and then opt out later with no fee or penalty. If you choose to opt out, Eversource will continue to be your electricity supplier and will continue to use their own Basic Service price to calculate the Supply portion of your electricity bill.

If you have already signed a contract with an electricity supplier at the time Canton Electricity Choice launches, your account will not be automatically enrolled. However, you may choose to participate, and enrolling will be an easy process.

More information will be available after the program receives regulatory approval.