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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES NEW, LOWER COMMUNITY CHOICE ELECTRICITY RATES

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES NEW, LOWER COMMUNITY CHOICE ELECTRICITY RATES

As general electricity prices rise, Community Choice Electricity offers affordable and renewable energy to Boston’s residents and businesses

 


BOSTON - Wednesday, December 15, 2021- Today, Mayor Michelle Wu announced new, lower electricity rates through Boston’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program, and encouraged all customers to choose CCE as their electricity supplier. The new CCE rates were effective in November 2021 and will be in effect until December 2023. All CCE rates will be lower than Eversource’s Basic Service Rate beginning on January 1, 2022, for a period of at least six months. Eversource is the local utility provider in Boston. The average Eversource Basic Service Residential Customer is expected to spend $27 per month more than a customer on the CCE Standard option. You can learn more about switching your electricity supplier here

"Boston’s Community Choice Electricity program empowers residents and small businesses to save money and choose a greener future for our communities,” said Mayor Wu. “Signing up for this program will help speed the process of Boston becoming a 100% renewable energy city and provide a more affordable option this winter.”

In 2017, then-Councilor Wu and Councilor Matt O’Malley authored legislation authorizing the City of Boston to adopt Community Choice Electricity, which was then unanimously approved by the City Council. Boston’s CCE program – the largest green municipal program in the Commonwealth – launched on February 1, 2021. Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the program, with all three CCE rates costing less than Eversource Basic Service prices and utilizing more local, renewable energy sources. This step signals the Wu administration’s commitment to making Boston a Green New Deal city that is affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all residents.  

The Community Choice Electricity program uses the City’s collective buying power to provide affordable, renewable electricity to Boston’s residents and businesses at a competitive rate. CCE has three options for electricity supply: Optional Basic, Standard, and Optional Green 100. These packages include between 18% and 100% local, renewable energy, and residents are able to choose which electricity rate and renewable energy portfolio works best for them. Eversource continues to serve as the utility delivering electricity to CCE customers, and Eversource also handles customer billing and service, grid maintenance, and power outages.

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