Sutton announces plans for new power program
SUTTON -- The Town of Sutton has begun the planning process to implement the Sutton Power Choice program, a municipal electricity aggregation. By bulk purchasing electricity for the entire community within the program, Sutton will seek a lower rate than National Grid’s Basic Service electricity supply rate and the price stability that comes with a fixed contract.
The program will launch once the Town’s aggregation plan is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. All Sutton residents and businesses that currently receive National Grid Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in Sutton Power Choice. Electricity customers who have already established a contract with their own electricity supplier will not be automatically enrolled.
Program participants will continue to receive and pay one bill from National Grid, and National Grid will continue to be responsible for delivering electricity to Sutton and for addressing power outages. Anyone who participates in budget billing or is eligible for discounts from National Grid will continue to receive those same benefits as a participant in Sutton Power Choice, and anyone with solar panels on their property will continue to receive net metering credits as a participant in this program.
Participation in the program is not required. Residents and businesses that do not wish to participate in Sutton Power Choice will have the freedom to opt out of the program before it begins and remain with National Grid. Residents and businesses on National Grid Basic Service will receive a letter in the mail 30 days before program launch notifying them of their right to opt out of the program and explaining how to do so. After program launch, residents and businesses can continue to opt out at any time with no penalty.
Sutton has engaged the external consulting team of Peregrine Energy Group and Bay State Consultants to help draft the aggregation plan, move the plan through the state regulatory approval process, educate Sutton residents and businesses about the program, and provide customer support once the program launches. The planning and regulatory approval process is expected to require several months, and Sutton anticipates launching the program in Winter 2017.
The draft Sutton Power Choice program plan is available for public review until March 2. Those interested in reviewing it can access it online on the Town of Sutton website. The plan will also be discussed at the Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled for March 8 at 7 p.m. and will be available in hard copy for review at that time.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the plan and submit written comments by email to Doreen DeFazio, Energy Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Doreen DeFazio, Energy Manager
Re: Sutton Power Choice aggregation plan
Sutton Town Hall
4 Uxbridge Road
Sutton, MA 01590
Comments sent by mail must be received (not postmarked) by the end of the comment period in order to be addressed.
Sutton will also hold informational presentations before program launch. Dates and times will be published publicly.
For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Town of Sutton website at http://www.suttonma.org