The Town of Hanover is developing a plan for a consumer-friendly electricity program called Hanover Energy Choice. The program is an electricity aggregation, which is a kind of group electricity purchasing program that will allow the Town to use our collective buying power to increase the amount of renewable energy in our Town’s electricity supply. 

Through the program, Hanover residents and businesses will have new choices and greater control over the cost and environmental impact of the electricity they use. Though Hanover Energy Choice will not be able to guarantee savings, the Town is committed to working toward competitive and stable prices.

In launching Hanover Energy Choice, Hanover will join more than 150 other cities and towns in Massachusetts with similar programs. Hanover is targeting 2024 for program launch.

Public comments accepted

Hanover Energy Choice must receive regulatory approval from the state before the program can launch. To ensure transparency in the program development process, the draft Aggregation Plan and associated documents for Hanover Energy Choice will be available for public review and comment from [DATE] until [DATE]. Those interested in reviewing the Plan and other aggregation documents can download them below:

  • Draft Aggregation Plan (PDF)
  • Draft Education and Outreach Plan (PDF)
  • Exemplar Opt-Out Mailing Materials (PDF)
  • Model Electricity Supply Agreement (PDF)

In addition, a hard copy of the draft Plan is available from the Town of Hanover Clerk’s Office (550 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339). Hanover residents and business owners are encouraged to review the Plan and submit written comments:

  • Via email: [EMAIL]
  • Via US mail: Hanover Town Hall, 550 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339. Comments sent by mail must be received (not postmarked) by the end of the comment period in order to be addressed.

An overview of the Plan will be presented at a public information session on [DATE] at [TIME]. Information for participating can be found on the Town of Hanover calendar.

Cleaner electricity

Hanover Energy Choice participants will automatically receive more electricity from renewable sources (like the sun and the wind) than is required by state law, though the specific amount is still to be determined.

Stable prices

Hanover Energy Choice will provide long-term electricity supply prices that will not change seasonally. The program has the potential to provide savings when compared with National Grid’s Basic Service prices, but National Grid’s Basic Service prices change and future prices are not known, so savings cannot be guaranteed.

Consumer protections

Hanover Energy Choice is being designed to protect Hanover consumers. The program will include no hidden fees, and you will have the freedom to opt out of the program at any time with no penalty.

Details such as prices, how much renewable electricity will be included, and when the program will launch will be determined after Hanover’s Aggregation Plan receives approval from state regulators. Learn about the implementation process.

How electricity aggregation works

Through Hanover Energy Choice, Hanover will be able to determine the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply and secure an electricity supply price for the community. However, Hanover Energy Choice will not replace National Grid as Hanover’s electric utility. If you choose to participate:

  • National Grid will continue to deliver your electricity with no interruption, and you will continue to call National Grid if your power goes out.
  • National Grid will continue to send your electric bill, and that is the only electric bill you will receive. But on your bill, National Grid will use a Hanover price to calculate your Supply Services charge.
  • You will see no change to any discounts or credits that you receive from National Grid, such as a low-income discount.

Enrollment will be automatic for most electricity customers in Hanover (though not for customers who have already signed a private electricity supply contract). If your account is eligible for automatic enrollment, you will receive a notification in the mail from the Town with details like pricing and program options before being enrolled. If you have a private electricity supply contract, you may choose to participate, and enrolling will be an easy process. However, you are encouraged to check with your current supplier before making any change as you may be subject to early termination fees.

Participation is not required. The automatic enrollment model is state law for all municipal electricity programs like Hanover Energy Choice, but you will be able to opt out before being enrolled and any time after enrollment with no penalty.

Learn more about how aggregation works
Read the FAQ

Example National Grid bill

Hanover Energy Choice will be integrated into your existing National Grid electric bill. You will see only minor changes to the way your electric bill appears.

To understand how the program will appear on your bill, see an example bill.

Protect your electricity account number

National Grid will never knock on your door or call you to talk about your electric bill.
Only provide your account number if you are ready to change your electricity supplier.