Westford Power Options Program (Westford POP) is the new name of Westford’s electricity aggregation program.
Westford POP is a Town-run program that leverages the buying power of Westford’s residents and businesses to provide electricity options, stable long term rates and more renewable electricity. With Westford POP, National Grid continues to deliver your electricity and manage all electricity billing. The only change is the source and cost of electricity supply, chosen by the Town of Westford through a competitive bidding process. Most residents and businesses already participate in Westford POP, and anyone that receives an electricity bill from National Grid is eligible to participate: it doesn’t matter whether you are a renter or an owner.
The program began in 2016 and has been renewed for another 3 years, starting January 2021.
Current Options in Westford POP
Westford POP’s current electricity supplier is Public Power, LLC. The contract covers 27 months, from September 2018 through January 2021. The program offers one electricity option, also known as the default. See table below for the price and comparison to National Grid’s Basic Service supply option.1
Community Electricity Program (Supply Services Only)
(Supply Services Only)
|Large Commercial||$0.10430/kWh||$0.11066/kWh WCMA*|
|Duration||September 2018 – January 2021|
Rates apply to service beginning and ending on the days of the month that your meter is read in your service area.
|November 2020 – April 2021|
Residential and Small Commercial rates change every six months. *Large Commercial rates change every three months.
1 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 six months for Residential and Small Commercial customers, and every three months for Large 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.
Upcoming Options in Westford POP
Starting in January, 2021, Westford POP has exciting changes:
- Our default option will now include an additional 10% of renewable electricity beyond what’s required by state law
- We are adding 2 options with even more renewable energy!
From January 2021 through December 2023 (36 months), Westford POP will have Constellation New Energy as the electricity supplier and will offer the options below.1
POP Green 10% (Default)
10% Extra Renewable Energy (MA Class I) – 10.793 ¢/kWh
The default option is designed to provide cost savings while also providing more renewable energy than National Grid’s Basic Service. When this takes effect in January 2021, POP Green will be 14% cheaper than National Grid’s winter Basic Service.2 Participants in Westford POP will automatically be transitioned into POP Green 10% by default – no action required. Additional electricity options follow, including two options which can increase your green electricity even more.
POP Silver 50%
50% Extra MA Class I
POP Gold 100%
100% Extra MA Class I
0% Extra MA Class I
2Savings compared to National Grid Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because National Grid Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
Sign up for notification for new renewable options
As a reminder, any current participant in Westford POP will be transitioned automatically into POP Green 10% in January 2021 – no action required.
The supplier for Westford’s Power Options Program will begin signups for the 50% and 100% options in December of 2020. Complete the form below so we can notify you when the sign up is open. At that time, you will need to submit your account information to the supplier through this website.
Clean Electricity in Westford POP
Westford is committed to supporting the growth of new, local renewable energy sources in our region. The State of Massachusetts has progressive policies that require the utilities to supply more renewable energy over time, however, the pace of the change needs to be faster to mitigate the effects of climate change. Westford Power Options Program (POP) is leveraging the buying power of our community to bring more clean electricity to our residents and businesses.
Westford’s standard product, Local Green, has 10% extra renewable energy included, above and beyond the state requirements.
Participating in POP Green 10% is only the first step in fighting climate change. Westford also offers optional products with 50% and 100% renewable energy to let you take an even bigger step in the fight against climate change.
Buying from New England, Buying Clean
In the Westford Power Options Program program, all extra renewable energy qualifies for Massachusetts Class I (MA Class I) designation. It also meets additional standards to provide Westford with the cleanest options and the most local impact.
Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the MA-based non-profit that sources for all of Westford’s extra renewable energy, helps bring new renewable projects to New England through long-term contracts and targeted project support. The renewable energy sources used by Green Energy Consumers are shown below (as of April 2020).
Resources that have recently been, are in, or are contracted with Green Energy Consumers
Only New England Sources
MA Class I renewable energy can come from New England or adjacent parts of Canada and New York. It is one of the most stringently green standards in the country, but Westford POP is even better: we exclusively source our extra renewable energy from within New England. We’re helping to keep our energy impact local, supporting New England’s clean energy economy.
Only Zero-Emission or Methane-Destroying Sources
The Westford POP’s extra renewable energy only comes from zero emission sources, such as solar, wind, low-impact hydro3, or sources that destroy the potent greenhouse gas methane, such as anaerobic digestion4. Although traditional biomass, such as wood-fired generation, is eligible as MA Class I, the Westford Power Options Program does not include and does not plan to include any for its extra renewable energy.
Helping to Build Clean Energy
Massachusetts has a requirement for every electricity supplier to include a minimum amount of MA Class I renewable energy, and that amount increases each year. If you don’t meet the requirements, you pay a penalty. This policy, known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard, provides growing demand for renewable energy, which incentivizes new renewables to be built. By purchasing a significant quantity of extra MA Class I renewable energy, Westford Power Options Program is increasing demand, incentivizing developers to build even more renewable energy projects.
How big is our impact? In 2021 Westford Power Options Program customers are expected to purchase an extra 5,500 MWh of MA Class I renewable energy, above and beyond State requirements. These voluntary purchases are equivalent to the output of 1.5 typical New England onshore wind turbines. As more residents and businesses opt up to our POP Silver 50% and POP Gold 100%, we can increase the impact even more!
We are excited that many other cities and towns are joining with Westford to implement the same type of program and amplify our impact. In fact, recent estimates suggest that fully 10% of renewable energy purchased in the MA Class I REC market will soon be voluntarily purchased by municipal aggregations going above and beyond state requirements, like Westford Power Options Program.
3Hydro projects that do not exceed 30 MW built after 1997 or have capacity additions or efficiency improvements made after 1997 (MA Class I eligible), and Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI) certified.
4Methane has a global warming potential (GWP) 28-36 times greater than CO2 over a 100 year period. Combustion destroys methane and releases some CO2, resulting in a net reduction in GWP. For more, see Environmental Protection Agency, Understanding Global Warming Potentials. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/understanding-global-warming-potentials
To manage the Westford POP program, the town partners with an aggregation consultant, Good Energy. For support, please contact Good Energy at 844 –MASSCEA (627–7232) or use the contact form to make your inquiry. A representative will reply to you within 24 hours.
You may also contact the electricity supplier, Public Power, at (800) 830-2944 M – F, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST (excluding holidays) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use our bill calculator to compare the monthly costs of Westford POP and National Grid’s Basic Service.
How to opt out or discontinue participation
If you do not wish to participate in Westford POP, you may submit the form to leave of the program or contact the current program supplier, Public Power, LLC at (800) 830-2944.
Read through Westford’s approved Aggregation Plan
View Westford POP’s Electric Generation Disclosure Label, July – October 2020