Community Choice Power Supply Program

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Community Choice Power Supply Program Details

The purpose of Community Choice Power Supply Program is to represent consumer interests in competitive markets for electricity. It seeks to give Ashby residents choice and control over the source of their electricity and stabilizes electricity bills in the future by using the bulk buying power of all of its ratepayers. Ashby will be working with Colonial Power Group to implement the program. 

You may opt out of the Ashby’s Community Choice Power Supply Program by going to Colonial Power’s website and selecting opt in/ opt out.

How did it start? Aricle 16 passed at 2012 Annual Town Meeting began municipal electric aggregation in Ashby.

How does it work? The Town receives bids from competitive electric energy suppliers to supply electricity for all the meters in Ashby. All meters will be billed at the competitive supplier rate unless you choose to opt out of the program.

Will I receive a separate electric bill? No. You will receive your bill from Unitil. Your electric bill payments will be made to Unitil. The change is that Unitil will bill you at the competitive supplier rate rather than their supplier rate. 

Can I opt out of this program? Yes. You can opt out of the program. You will then be billed at Unitil’s supplier rate unless you have chosen another competitive supplier. Go to the the Colonial Power Group web site to opt out.

If you have already chosen a competitive supplier on your own you must opt out of the program in order to continue receiving electricity from that supplier. 

Can the program result in a higher rate than Unitil’s supplier rate (average winter and summer rates)? Yes, under certain circumstances. Unitil’s supplier rate changes every six months. The Town, through the Community Choice Program, may accept a bid to supply electricity at a set rate for a longer period of time, say one or two years. If market prices fall, it is possible that during some succeding six month period Unitil’s supplier rate will be lower than the Community Choice rate. 

Will the Fuel Assistance Rate (R2) be available to income eligible customers? Yes. Customers who qualify will continue to receive the R2 rate from Unitil.

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