Welcome!

Welcome to Newton Power Choice, an electricity program from the City of Newton for Newton residents and businesses. By participating in Newton Power Choice, Newton residents and businesses help to drive the development of new renewable energy projects in the New England region by increasing demand for the renewable energy they produce.

By default, program participants purchase a higher amount of renewable energy certificates from new projects in the New England region (MA Class I RECs) than is required by state law, enough to align with 95% of their electricity use. This is the highest amount of MA Class I RECs purchased in a default program offering for any aggregation in Massachusetts.

The program also offers other options, which are available by request.

Important program news:

Newton Power Choice prices will change in January as a new, two-year contract with Direct Energy goes into effect. The new prices will be higher than current prices, but lower than Eversource’s upcoming winter Basic Service prices, which will be in effect from January 1 through July 31, 2024. However, because Eversource’s Basic Service prices will change and future prices are not known, savings beyond July 31 cannot be guaranteed.

In addition, for participants in the Standard option, which is the default program option, Newton will now buy renewable energy certificates equaling 95% of their electricity use from new renewable energy projects in the New England region (MA Class I RECs). This is the highest amount of MA Class I RECs in any program default option for any municipal aggregation in Massachusetts. Most participants in Newton Power Choice are enrolled in the Standard option.

If you are currently an active participant in the program, no action is required. You will be automatically enrolled in the new price for your current program option in January, and you will see it on your February bill. The new prices are fixed until January 2026.

Get more information about prices and program options

Cleaner electricity and consumer-friendly choices

Newton Power Choice offers three choices so you can choose the option that is right for you.

Learn about enrolling, or submit a request online to change your option.

Learn more about program options.

227 million fewer miles driven by passenger vehicles

From the program’s launch in March 2019 through September 2023, participants purchased enough renewable energy certificates to drive the reduction of approximately 400 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. To put this in context, 400 million pounds of CO2 translates roughly to more than 465 million fewer miles driven by passenger vehicles.

Participate

New electricity accounts in Newton will be eligible for automatic enrollment in Newton Power Choice on a periodic basis and after receiving a notice by mail from the City. You may also choose to enroll online or with a phone call. Learn more.

Compare the cost

Use the online calculator to compare Newton Power Choice program prices with the most recent 12-month average of Eversource’s Basic Service prices and to see the greenhouse gas emissions impact of opting up to the 100% Green option.

How it works

A municipal electricity aggregation is a group electricity purchasing program. Participating in Newton Power Choice will change your electricity supplier and the price Eversource uses to calculate the Supply portion of your electric bill, but participating will not replace Eversource as your electric utility. How aggregation works.

Make sure you’re enrolled

Newton Power Choice is integrated into your existing Eversource electric bill. Check your bill. If the supplier listed is Direct Energy – Newton Power Choice, then you’re enrolled.

View an example Eversource bill to learn:

  • Where Newton Power Choice appears on your bill
  • How to use your bill to figure out which program option you are enrolled in

Price-change notifications

Standard (PDF)
100% Green (PDF)
Basic (PDF)

Savings cannot be guaranteed

Please note that, while Newton Power Choice offers the potential for savings when compared with Eversource’s Basic Service prices, there is no guarantee of savings. This is because Eversource’s prices change seasonally, and future Eversource prices are unknown.

Protect your Eversource account number

If you receive mail about an electricity offer, but you do not see the Newton Power Choice logo, the City Seal, or the Mayor’s name, the mail is NOT from the City program.

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

Learn more about evaluating offers from electricity suppliers:

Download and read A Brief Guide to Residential Competitive Electric Supply in Massachusetts from the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell:
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