Sutton’s green electric rate beats National Grid basic service
By Robert Fucci
Selectmen David Hall, left, and Michael Kenney listen as Paul Gromer of Peregrine Energy Group provides an update on the Sutton Power Choice program, which is aimed at saving money residents and business owners via their electric bills. Photo by Robert Fucci Sutton – The Town of Sutton and Public Power signed a 12-month pricing agreement on electricity on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with rates that beat National Grid’s.
According to Energy Manager Doreen DeFazio, the standard product is locked in at $.08472 per kWh and the opt-in green premium product at $.09132 per kWh.
National Grid’s basic service is 9.745.
“We will be working on public outreach/marketing with Peregrine Energy Group (consultant) in the coming weeks so residents know more about the program which will launch in January,” DeFazio said in a statement.
Founded in 2008, Public Power is one of the largest licensed electricity and gas suppliers in the U.S. Public Power is headquartered in Connecticut and is also licensed to offer similar services in
Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.
During the Oct. 18 Board of Selectmen meeting, representatives from Peregrine
Energy Group reassured the town the plan, an electricity aggregation program named Sutton Power Choice, was still moving forward.
Electricity aggregation is a way for a community served by a utility – in Sutton’s case National Grid - to use the bulk purchasing power of its residents and businesses to negotiate a favorable price for their electricity supply.
Electricity aggregation can make residents, businesses, and the Town stronger by working together. Sutton Power Choice benefits include potentially lower rates, rate stability, and the option to include greener energy sources.
Sutton used a competitive bid process to choose Public Power as the electricity supplier for the town.
All Sutton residents and businesses that currently receive National Grid Basic Service will be automatically enrolled in Sutton Power Choice. Anyone who has already established a contract with their own electricity supplier will not be enrolled.
Residents and businesses that do not wish to participate in Sutton Power Choice will have the freedom to opt out of the program and remain with National Grid. After program launch, residents and businesses can continue to opt out at any time with no penalty.