IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION DISCUSSING PROGRAM RATE(S) CHANGE BEGINNING WITH METER READS AFTER SEPTEMBER 15, 2018.
As the result of a negotiated resolution of a contract claim by Public Power, LLC, the electric supplier for the Community Electricity Aggregation Program, the price paid by participants in the Program for electric supply will increase from 10.122 cents per kWh to 10.430 cents per kWh (for the Town of Dedham only, please refer to the chart below*) effective with meter reads after September 15, 2018. This new price(s) will remain fixed through the remainder of the term of the Electric Services Agreement, ending January 2021.
How Does the New Price Compare?
The new price(s) is below prices bid by all other suppliers during the group of communities’ last competitive solicitation in 2017 and below estimates of a replacement supply in the current market. The new price is also below the current Basic Service rates offered by Eversource, which is 11.397 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), and by National Grid, which is 10.87 cents per kWh. The new price represents an increase of approximately $1.80 per month given average usage of 600 kWh per month.
*For the Town of Dedham only, the new prices are as follows:
Disclaimer: A goal of the CEA program is to produce savings for customers, but savings cannot be guaranteed compared to the utility’s basic service rate which changes every three months for industrial customers and every six months for residential and small commercial customers. The Aggregation program seeks to provide price stability and average savings over the full term of the program, but because future basic service rates are not known, there is no guarantee of savings.
What Was the Claim About?
Under certain circumstances, the Electric Services Agreement with Public Power allows for an increase in the electricity price(s) in the event Public Power incurs unexpected cost increases resulting from a change in regulation, with the intent that those costs would be passed on to consumers under the terms of the Electric Services Agreement.
Public Power claimed that such a regulatory change occurred and resulted in increased costs, and it requested an increase in the electricity price(s). In response to Public Power’s claim, the group of communities organized to enter into negotiations with Public Power. Following negotiations and consultation with their advisors, the parties agreed to an increase in the electricity price(s) to account for some of the claimed cost increases. The amendment to the Agreement includes language that prevents the pass-through of similar cost increases in the future.
The participating communities believe the new rate(s) will continue to provide value to participating consumers even with the price increase.
Moving Forward – Fixed Rate of 10.430 Cents per kWh through January 2021 (for the Town of Dedham only, see pricing chart above*)
The aggregation rate will remain fixed at 10.430 cents per kWh through the remainder of the term of the Electric Services Agreement, ending January 2021 (for the Town of Dedham only, see pricing chart above*).
It is the expectation of the communities that Eversource’s current Basic Service rate of 11.397 cents per kWh and National Grid’s Basic Service rate of 10.87 cents per kWh will increase with the winter rate changes effective January 1 – June 30, 2019, and November 1 – April 30, 2019, respectively. However, because Basic Service rates change every three to six months, there is no guarantee that the Program price(s) will be below the Basic Service rates in future periods. All participating customers may leave the Community Electricity Aggregation Program at any time and without penalty.
Please go to your community’s dedicated webpage at www.MASSCEA.com for a rate comparison chart and information about the program. If you have any questions regarding the price increase or your options, please call 844-