Mayor Walsh announced today that Boston has won state approval for its Community Choice Electricity program, under which the city will pay for electricity from renewable-power and lower-carbon generators for re-sale to city residents and businesses, helping curb the city's overall carbon emissions and possibly save consumers some money.
Eversource's Boston customers will be switched over to the new program in early 2021, the city says - although customers will be able to opt out of the program before it starts.
Eversource will continue to provide the actual wires and cables used to transmit the power - as well as billing and customer service. Residents and businesses that do stay with the city program will see a new line item on their bills representing the cost of the power from Community Choice. The city says it is hoping its bulk purchasing will mean reduced monthly bills, although it added it can't guarantee that.
City Councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) first proposed the idea in 2017; the city applied to the state Department of Public Utilities for permission to set up the program in 2019.
In a statement, Walsh said:
Community Choice Energy will help Boston deliver electricity in a way that is safe, affordable, and convenient for all residents. As we continue our work to achieve carbon neutrality in Boston by 2050, creating affordable energy options represents Boston's commitment to equity in all our environmental goals.