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Why Is Dynegy on my Eversource electricity bill?

Dynegy, an electricity supply company, is the vetted supplier for the first two years of Acton Power Choice (APC) — the new municipal electricity bulk purchasing program that started in Fall 2017. For any Acton electricity user who hasn’t opted out or chosen an alternate electricity supplier, Dynegy will become the electricity supplier listed on your Eversource electricity bill.

APC offers two choices: the automatic enrollment in Acton Power Choice Standard, and the “opt up” choice of Acton Power Choice GREEN. You can read more about Acton Power Choice at ActonPowerChoice.com.

Green Acton is especially excited about the APC GREEN option, by which any Acton electricity user can choose 100% renewably sourced, New England energy for only 2 cents more per kWh than the APC standard pricing. Green Acton strongly encourages those who can to “opt up” to APC GREEN. Opt up by calling 1.866.220.5696 with your Eversource account number at the ready.

This chart, which offers some sample comparative costs, may be helpful; APC prices are accurate through September 2019, and Eversource prices until January 2018.

Read background information about Acton Power Choice here.

Here’s the official Acton Power Choice letter of August 2017

Did you get a letter that looks like this in the mail?

If you didn’t, either you are not an Acton Eversource customer, or you chose an electricity supplier some time ago that isn’t Eversource. If you don’t remember getting this letter, but you want to participate in Acton Power Choice, get a recent electric bill so you can have your customer number ready and call Acton Power Choice customer support at 1-844-379-9933 and they can get you sorted out.

Here’s what the letter inside looked like (click for a larger version)

Sign up for 100% renewable power

The Town and Green Acton are preparing various explanatory materials, but if you have been following along and are ready to get 100% renewable power for less than 2 cents more per kWh, you can grab your electric bill, call 1-866-220-5696 and ask to be signed up for Acton Power Choice Green.

You can read all about it at this website.

Acton’s electrical aggregation program, Acton Power Choice, approved by DPU

After a long delay, the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Utilities approved Acton’s Community Choice (electricity) Aggregation plan, Acton Power Choice!

The old description still applies: http://www.acton-ma.gov/powerchoice (except for the launch date).

As a summary, the Acton Power Choice program will bring to most electricity customers in Acton a new set of choices for their electricity supply. The Town, in collaboration with Peregrine Energy Group (and a dash of influence from Green Acton), designed the program and put out an RFP (Request for Proposals) for companies interested in becoming the program’s electricity supplier. Acton Power Choice will offer two options to local electricity users.

Seven companies bid for Acton’s contract. The chosen bidder was Dynegy; the initial contract period will be 24 months, after which time the Town can create a new contract that’s most advantageous. The design of Acton’s program offers two electricity sourcing options.

(1) The “default” option will feature an additional 5% Class I Massachusetts RECs on top of the mandatory Massachusetts RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard, which is scheduled to go up by 1% each year) 12% Class I MA RECs , for a total of 17% renewable sourcing in 2017. Pricing for this “default” option will be 10.720 cents / kWh. Customers would pay this amount plus the usual delivery charge and monthly fixed fee. The Eversource basic rate, starting July 1, will be 10.759 cents / kWh. This means that the default Acton Power Choice rate will be less than the Eversource rate — even the summer rate (which is typically lower than the wintertime rate). So: significantly more renewable sourcing than the Eversource offering, and cheaper!

(2) There will also be a 100% renewable (“green”) option. This will be built with 100% Class I MA RECs and priced at 12.7 cents/ kWh, just under 2 cents more than both the default price and the Eversource price. As Green Acton works with Peregrine, we will have a lot more information with which to explain the program and calculate potential electric bills under both the default plan and the 100% green plan. Green Acton expects to have an important role in explaining and encouraging people to sign up for the 100% green option. Peregrine and Town staff are starting to work on the roll-out, and are currently estimating on a start date of late September or early October.

During the past few months, some people have been receiving misleading snail mail letters, email offers, and phone solicitations about renewable electricity that may look (or sound) like they are from some vaguely official-sounding agency. The official notices about the real Acton Power Choice program won’t be going out until late summer or early fall.

Green Acton is very excited about Acton Power Choice! We will be sharing information on the program, and will be sure to post the official letters about the program on the Green Acton website.

Acton Power Choice

Acton Power Choice (APC), which launched in Fall 2017, is Acton’s bulk purchasing program for electricity. Enabled by state legislation, Massachusetts communities can design their own Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs to purchase electricity, often saving consumers a bit of money, and allowing municipalities to create electricity supply options that work best for the localities. Local programs often include a “greening up” of the community’s electricity supply with more renewable power than the utilities are legally required to provide.

APC works like this: consumers (residents or businesses) can participate in the program at two levels: Acton Power Choice Standard, which features a rate slightly below that of Eversource Basic’s current rate, and an additional 5% New England–sourced renewable energy, and Acton Power Choice GREEN, which features 100% New England–sourced renewable energy from solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower for a slight premium above APC Standard rates. It’s worth noting that APC’s initial contract with the new supplier, Dynegy, is good for 24 months, through September 2019, whereas Eversource enters into new supply contracts every six months. This accounts for the volatility of utility pricing (which typically rises in the winter); Acton Power Choice participation irons out that volatility over the course of the contract. Consumers who were Eversource Basic customers as of September 2017 were automatically enrolled in the APC Standard option; Green Acton strongly encourages those who can to “opt up” to APC GREEN. Opt up by calling 1.866.220.5696 with your Eversource account number at the ready.

This chart, which offers some sample comparative costs, may be helpful; APC prices are accurate through September 2019, and Eversource prices until January 2018.

Customers are free to opt out of the program at any time.

Eversource will continue to provide delivery and billing services, which means: (1) customers will still call Eversource about any problems, and (2) the monthly bill will still come from Eversource; the difference on the bill is that the supplier will be listed as Dynegy.

Participation in Acton Power Choice GREEN delivers these benefits:
• drives demand that fosters development of more renewable energy sources in New England
• creates local and regional jobs in the fast-growing renewable energy sector
• protects land and water resources through the environmental performance standards this option requires for energy generation
• reduces your (and our community’s) greenhouse gas emissions, which pollute the atmosphere and exacerbate global climate change

Learn more about Acton Power Choice at ActonPowerChoice.com. Questions? Contact the Town’s CCA consultant, Peregrine Energy, at 1.844.379.9933.

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Presentation on Electricity Aggregation

Acton Town Manager Steve Ledoux gathered together a small group to prepare a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen about choosing an aggregator. Continue reading

Green Acton comments about CCA for 2016 Town Meeting

Here’s the note that went out to the Green Acton Announcements email list encouraging people to come out and support the CCA program, and explaining some of the details of Electrical Aggregation, aka Community Choice Aggregation
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Background: Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation or CCA is a relatively new way for communities to bring the financial and environmental advantages of bidding for alternate electrical suppliers to homeowners and local businesses.  Continue reading