The Town of Wayland is developing a plan for a consumer-friendly electricity program called Wayland Electricity 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, Wayland residents and businesses will have new choices and greater control over the cost and environmental impact of the electricity they use. Though Wayland Electricity Choice will not be able to guarantee savings, the Town is committed to working toward competitive and stable prices.

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

Read about it on the Town of Wayland’s municipal website Learn about the implementation process

Documents submitted for regulatory review and approval

Wayland Electricity Choice must receive regulatory approval from the state before the program can launch. To ensure transparency in the program development process, Wayland delivered a public presentation via Zoom on October 17 during a Wayland Energy and Climate Committee meeting about the program and its Aggregation Plan. The Aggregation Plan and related documents were made available for a formal 30-day period of review and comment until November 17. The documents remain available for review during the regulatory review period.

Cleaner electricity

Wayland Electricity 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

Wayland Electricity 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

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

How electricity aggregation works

Through Wayland Electricity Choice, Wayland 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, Wayland Electricity Choice will not replace Eversource as Wayland’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 electricity bill, and that is the only electricity bill you will receive. But on your bill, Eversource will use a Wayland price to calculate your Supply charge.
  • If you are eligible for any discount or credits from Eversource, you will see no change.

Diagram describing how delivery and supply works with Wayland Electricity Choice.

Enrollment will be automatic for most electricity customers in Wayland (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 before being enrolled with details like pricing and program options.

Participation is never required. The automatic enrollment model is state law for all municipal electricity programs like Wayland Electricity 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

Wayland Electricity Choice will be integrated into your existing Eversource electricity bill. You will see only minor changes to the way your electricity 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 electricity bill.
Only provide your electricity account number if you are ready to change your electricity supplier.