Massachusetts Deregulation History


Energy Deregulation gives citizens in Massachusetts the power to choose their supplier.

Most electricity consumers in Massachusetts have the opportunity to purchase their electric supply from a supplier in the competitive market. Electricity consumers seeking alternatives to basic service may find value in products offered in the competitive supply market, including products that may result in savings), offer price certainty over a longer time period, include more renewable energy content, or include other products and services.


With competition, energy suppliers sell energy commodities to you and provide functions such as customer service, pricing structure, and billing options. These companies purchase electricity from competing power plants, and electricity is delivered to your home or business over the poles and wires of your local Utility Company.

Energy Providers compete for your business by offering lower prices, renewable energy options, added customer service benefits or other incentives. With energy deregulation, you now have the ability to choose the Provider that best fits your needs. If you do not choose an Energy Provider, your energy service will be provided by a company affiliated with your local wire company.

No matter which energy supplier provides your service, the Public Utility Commission continues to enforce customer protections and regulate the delivery of electricity to ensure it is delivered safely and reliably by the local wires company.

Energy Deregulation gives energy consumers the option and the “power to choose” their Energy provider in deregulated markets as permitted by the state public utilities governing body.