MASSACHUSETTS ENERGY CHOICE
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ENERGY DEREGULATION IN MASSACHUSETTS
In Massachusetts, competitive supply arose as a result of the Massachusetts Electric Industry Restructuring Act of 1997 (“Restructuring Act”). Beginning in March 1998, all Massachusetts consumers (residential, commercial, and industrial) could either buy their electricity generation from a competitive supplier or continue to receive generation from their distribution company.
Finally, Massachusetts residents can shop for Energy the same way they shop for anything they consume — by comparing prices.
Energy customers who choose to purchase power through another supplier receive a single bill that includes charges from the supplier as well as their utility company for delivering that Energy. Your current Utility Company is responsible for maintaining the supply lines and is still the company customers will call in case of a power outage.
A recent survey by the Energy and Environment Marketing Agency found that most people aren’t aware that they have a choice of
energy providers despite the fact that 15 states including Massachusetts have deregulated energy markets.
THE COST OF YOUR ENERGY BILL REFLECTS 3 MAJOR ELEMENTS
The Generation of Electricity and Gas begins in a power plant or by procuring natural gas from underground extraction operations.
The fuel to generate the power varies. They may use coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear or other green alternative sources.
The Power Companies then market the electricity and gas at a competitive rate on the open market to Suppliers.
The Transmission of the energy moves through high-voltage power lines or gas pipe lines which transports the energy to switching stations or depots.
This infrastructure or grid is designed to transmit extremely high voltage electricity or volume quantities of gas many miles from state to state.
The energy is available at this time to Suppliers who competitively price the electricity and gas for Consumer delivery.
Delivery to the end user starts at the switching stations or depots.
The Delivery of the energy is switched to lower voltage power lines or lower volume gas lines to reach each Consumer delivery location.
Your local Utility Company owns the infrastructure that delivers the energy to you. They are required and responsible for the delivery and service of supply, regardless of what Supplier you choose.
Each Energy Supplier offers their own Consumer Energy Rates and Packages.
ENERGY CHOICE SERVICES will provide you with the best Energy Rates & Packages to compare so you can start saving on your energy bills.
How to report an emergency or power outage
Should you need to report a power outage or natural gas emergency, please contact your local utility at the phone numbers listed below.
Electricity: Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company 888-301-7700 National Grid 800-465-1212 NSTAR Electric 800-592-2000 Western Massachusetts Electric Company 413-781-4300 Natural Gas: Bay State Gas Company (Columbia Gas of Massachusetts) 800-525-8222 Berkshire Gas Company 888-779-8559 Blackstone Gas Company 508-883-9516 Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company (Unitil) 866-542-3547 National Grid 800-233-5325 New England Gas Company 800-936-7000 NSTAR Gas 800-592-2000
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