Overview

Rochester Community Electricity is a program offered by the Town to provide residents and businesses more electricity supply options. The program is a Town-vetted alternative to Eversource’s default supply and other third party electricity suppliers.

Stay Tuned!

The Town of Rochester is in the process of developing the Rochester Community Electricity program. You can follow the process on the development timeline and visit this page regularly for updates.

Rochester Community Electricity Program Plan

The Aggregation Plan for the Rochester Community Electricity program is currently under review by the Department of Public Utilities.

Program Choices

The Rochester Community Electricity program plan proposes 3 different products for the program, which will have different levels of renewable energy. The Rochester Standard is the product designed for automatic enrollment. To understand about program enrollment, see the How It Works section below.

Rochester Standard Rochester 50 Rochester 100
Meets renewable energy standards (nothing extra added) Includes 50% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by Massachusetts RECs to meet 100% of a user's monthly consumption, in addition to meeting all renewable energy standards

Rochester Community Electricity Program Timeline

Timeline for the program development and approval process will follow all steps required by the statute including local authorization, public review, and approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Follow the program’s progress with the table below.

  • May 20, 2019 – Residents of the Town of Rochester voted to authorize the Board of Selectmen to investigate and develop a Community Electricity program. The Town of Rochester selected Good Energy as a consultant to assist in developing and managing the program.

  • June 20, 2019 to September 3, 2019, the Aggregation Plan, which explains how the program will operate, was made available for public review.

  • On September 16, 2019, the Board of Selectmen approved the Aggregation Plan.

  • Following the public review process, the Town of Rochester submitted the Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for consultation and received approval.

  • Following the approval by the Rochester Board of Selectmen and the Department of Energy Resources, the Town summited the Aggregation Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval. The submission can be viewed on the DPU website under Docket # 20-22 (select Municipal Aggregation Plan from the drop down and look for Docket# 20-22).

Upon approval by the DPU, Rochester will monitor the market and identify the appropriate time to run a competitive bid for electricity supply. Upon selection of an electricity supplier, Rochester will implement an extensive education and outreach campaign to make residents and businesses aware of the upcoming program launch and their choice to participate in the program or leave before it starts (opt out). Participants can also opt out any time after the program has begun without penalty or fee of any kind.

How It Works

Rochester Community Electricity does not replace Eversource as our electric utility: they continue to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing.  The program offers alternatives for the Supply portion of your bill.  See the Understanding Your Bill section on the Eversource’s website to see the difference between Supply and Delivery sections.

The program is open to electricity customers in Rochester – whether they are a resident, a business, a renter or an owner. 

Prior to program launch, Rochester will conduct extensive education and outreach to notify our community

The program is structured with voluntary participation and automatic enrollment.

  • Voluntary participation: customers can leave the program at any time – either before the program starts or during – without penalty.

  • Automatic enrollment for most: In Rochester, most residential and some business customers are receiving their electricity supply from the Eversource Basic Service. For these customers, the entry into the program is simple and easy. They are given a 30-day period during which they have the opportunity to opt out (i.e. not participate) or choose one of the program’s optional products. Those who do not opt out are automatically enrolled in the program.

    Each customer eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a Customer Notification Letter in the mail. It will have program details and provide ways to opt out via prepaid mailer, phone and online form.

  • Opt-in required for some: Those Rochester residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than Eversource are not automatically enrolled in the program, though they can voluntarily opt in to the program at any time. The Department of Public Utilities advises all customers of third party suppliers to check their contract terms as their supplier may charge them a fee or a penalty to leave before the end of their contract with their supplier. 

Solar electricity consumers will not be impacted and will continue to receive all net metering credits while participating in the Program.

Budget Billing and Low Income Delivery Rate customers will continue to receive those benefits while participating in the Program

Questions and Support

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