The Town of Maynard is developing a plan for a consumer-friendly electricity program called Maynard Power 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 take a big step toward increasing the amount of renewable energy in our Town’s electricity supply. 

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

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

Public comments accepted

Maynard Power 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 for Maynard Power Choice will be available for public review and comment from [DATE] until [DATE]. Those interested in reviewing the plan can download the documents 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 Maynard Clerk’s Office (195 Main Street, Maynard, MA). Maynard residents and business owners are encouraged to review the Plan and submit written comments:

  • Via email: [EMAIL]
  • Via US mail: [ADDRESS], 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754. 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 Maynard calendar.

Cleaner electricity

Maynard Power 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

Maynard Power Choice will aim to provide long-term electricity supply prices. Price stability will make the program different from Eversource’s Basic Service and from many electricity supply offers in the marketplace. The program also has the potential to provide savings when compared with the average of Eversource’s Basic Service prices, but because Eversource’s Basic Service prices change and future prices are not known, savings cannot be guaranteed.

Consumer protections

Maynard Power Choice is being designed to protect Maynard 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 Maynard’s Aggregation Plan receives approval from state regulators. Learn about the implementation process.

How electricity aggregation works

Through Maynard Power Choice, Maynard 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, Maynard Power Choice will not replace Eversource as Maynard’s electric utility. If you choose to participate:

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

Enrollment will be automatic for most electricity customers in Maynard (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 Maynard Power 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 Eversource bill

Maynard Power Choice will be integrated into your existing Eversource 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

Eversource 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.