LOWELL COMMUNITY CHOICE POWER SUPPLY PROGRAM
The Lowell Community Choice Power Supply Program is a municipal aggregation program. According to Massachusetts law (M.G.L. c. 164, § 134), municipal aggregation enables local government to combine the purchasing power of its residents and businesses so that it can provide them with an alternative electricity supply. Once in place, the local government can monitor and set its own energy related goals for the program such as savings, stability or green options. Consumers are no longer “stuck” with the cost and fluctuation of the utility’s Basic Service rates because the program offers them another option.
This Program only affects the supply portion of your monthly bill. It will not affect the delivery portion. National Grid will continue to deliver your electricity but Lowell, using a competitive bid process, has chosen the supplier for the Program. Previously, the City of Lowell chose Hampshire Power to serve the Program.
As of your December 2017 meter read, your current electricity supply service with Hampshire Power will be transferred to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (“CMEEC”), a wholesale electricity supplier licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This transfer is allowed per the City of Lowell’s agreement with Hampshire Power. We want to assure you that this transfer will not interrupt your electricity service. We know that you are accustomed to a high level of service from Hampshire Power but we are confident that the same quality support and service you expected with Hampshire Power will continue with CMEEC.
You will not notice any change in your electricity service.
You will continue to receive one bill from National Grid. You will continue to send your payments to National Grid for processing. National Grid will continue to respond to emergencies, read meters and maintain the distribution and transmission lines. Reliability and quality of service will remain the same. Furthermore, you will continue to have all existing consumer rights and protections.
The only noticeable difference will be in the appearance of your National Grid bill.
If you have received a notification letter
You do not need to take any action to participate in the Program. All Basic Service consumers that have received the notification letter and have not opted-out will be enrolled in the Program.
If you have not received a notification letter
Your account was not eligible at the time of the mailing and you will NOT be automatically enrolled. However, you may opt-in at any time by either clicking the OPT-IN button to the right, filling out and submitting the form OR calling Colonial Power Group, Inc. at (866) 485-5858 (ext. 1).
ENROLLMENT CAN TAKE UP TO TWO BILLING CYCLES BEFORE TAKING EFFECT.
Periodically, the Program will send out a notification letter and opt-out card to any consumer that is currently on National Grid’s Basic Service rate.
If you have a budget plan or eligible low-income delivery rate
You will continue to receive those benefits.
If you have solar panels
You will continue to receive your net metering credits.
If you have already chosen a competitive supplier on your own
If you have received a notification letter and have already chosen a competitive supplier on your own, you must opt-out of this Program. This will ensure you continue to get your electricity from that Competitive Supplier. If you wish to leave that Competitive Supplier to be part of the Program, before opting-in, we suggest that you verify with that Competitive Supplier that they will not charge you any penalties for leaving their supply service.
If you have already chosen a green power supply option on your own
If you have received a notification letter and have already chosen a green power supply option, you must opt-out of this Program. This will ensure you continue to get your electricity from that Green Power Supply.
If you are a tax exempt small business consumer
You must send or fax a copy of their Energy Exemption Certificate directly to CMEEC, Attn: Ellen Kachmar at 30 Stott Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360 or (860) 889-8158 in order to maintain your tax exempt status.
If you do not wish to participate in this program
1) Opt-out and continue paying National Grid’s Basic Service rate; or
2) Opt-out and choose your own Competitive Supplier (if one is available to you).
How to OPT-OUT
Within 30 days of receipt of the notification letter, fill out, sign, and return the enclosed card in the postage paid envelope OR click the OPT-OUT button to the right, then fill out and submit the form.
Any time after enrollment
You can still opt-out with NO PENALTY CHARGE. It may take a couple of billing cycles before you are back on National Grid’s Basic Service. You may submit an opt-out form by clicking the OPT-OUT button OR call Colonial Power Group, Inc. at (866) 485-5858 (ext. 1) and ask to be placed on National Grid Basic Service.
If you fail to pay your bill in a timely manner
Consistent with the requirements of Massachusetts law, you may be switched back to the National Grid’s Basic Service.
THE LOWELL COMMUNITY CHOICE POWER SUPPLY PROGRAM HAS NO PENALTY CHARGES WHETHER YOU ARE OPTING-OUT OR OPTING-IN.
BASIC SERVICE RATES
MAIL OPT OUT CARDS TO:
City of Lowell
C/O Colonial Power Group, Inc.
277 Main Street
Marlborough, MA 01752