***NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE***
Arlington’s CCA program enters a new phase starting December 2019 when the electricity supplier will change from Dynegy to Direct Energy Services. Customers will notice the energy provider name change on their bills. No action is required to stay in the program, and customers can opt out at any time.
Under the new three-year Arlington CCA contract, the price for the default Arlington Local Green option will stay about the same, but the amount of renewable energy provided to customers will more than double, from five to 11 percent, resulting in a positive impact on the environment. Compare rates below.
Note: Eversource winter rates will be released in mid-November. We will update the chart at that time.
Back in August of 2017, the Town of Arlington launched the Arlington Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for residents and businesses. The primary goals of the program are to provide a cost-effective, stable, and responsible alternative to utility electricity rates for participating consumers. The program also offers participants exciting renewable energy options from which to choose. Since the program’s inception, Arlington residents and businesses have purchased 15,000,000 extra kilowatt hours of electricity produced from renewable sources, equivalent to taking 2,138 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.
The program was approved by Arlington Town Meeting, the Select Board, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
Customers in the program may change between the four levels of the program at any time without penalty. Customers who have opted out of the program may opt back into the program at anytime without penalty.
Disclaimer: A goal of the CCA 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.
The Town hosted public information sessions to discuss the program on July 13, 2017. You can view excerpts from that presentation and learn more about the program in the Arlington Public News video below: