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ELECTRIC SUPPLY PROGRAM

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SHIRLEY POWEROPTIONS
ELECTRIC SUPPLY PROGRAM
Welcome to the Town of Shirley Electric Aggregation Program website.  Please visit this site in the coming months for updates on the program, rate information, and additional notices relevant to the program.

We can provide a translation of the site into other languages upon request.

What is Municipal Aggregation?
 
The process by which a municipality purchases electricity in bulk from competitive electricity suppliers instead of an investor-owned utility on behalf of the residences and small businesses within the community.

The transmission and distribution still provided by investor-owned utilities and participation by customers is voluntary; participation is a choice.
 
What We Do
  • Gridsmart Energy provides broker and additional energy management services for the Town's Electric Aggregation Supply Program and the Town of Shirley directly. As your broker we work with suppliers licensed by the Department of Public Utilities to solicit pricing propsals for various terms.

Shirley PowerOptions Supply Program Rates
(Supply Services)

Rates Coming Spring of 2017
Residential
Commercial/Streetlights
Industrial
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1. WHAT IS THE “COMMUNITY CHOICE POWER SUPPLY PROGRAM”?
Municipal Electric Aggregation is the method by which local and county governments can buy electric power on behalf of the consumers within their borders. The Goal of the Shirley PowerOptions program is to provide competitive pricing options with longer term stability than what is currently offered by the local utility

2. WHY HAVE I RECEIVED A CONSUMER NOTIFICATION LETTER?
The Town of Shirley has signed a contract with a Competitive Electric Supplier on behalf of your community as part of their Shirley PowerOptions Program.  This document will be notifying you about the program, its rates, and your ability to leave should you want to “opt out”

3. WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED A CONSUMER NOTIFICATION LETTER?
You will not receive a letter if you are currently under contract with another competitive supplier outside of the Program

4. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT ME?
Initially you will receive the benefit of a lower rate on your electricity and therefore a lower electric bill. You will also notice that unlike National Grid, where your supply price will fluctuate every 6 months for residential accounts, your new pricing will be fixed over a longer period of time.
You will not see any other changes and will still receive your electric bill from National Grid.  Payment should be made only to National Grid and you will have all the same rights and consumer protections as any ratepayer.


   
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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5. WHAT IS A "COMPETITIVE ELECTRIC SUPPLIER”?
A Competitive Electric Supplier is a power supplier other than National Grid’s. The Distribution portion of your electric bill is the cost associated to bring the power to your home or business. The supply portion of your bill is de-regulated and can be purchased from those licensed by the Department of Public Utilities. GridSmart, on behalf of the Town of Shirley, will issues a Request for Proposal to ensure you have a stable supplier with competitive electric prices for your electric supply. You will still receive only one (1) electric bill from National Grid as the distribution company. The PowerOptions Program supplier charges will be on the National Grid bill, and payments should only be made to National Grid.​

6. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
If you are a Basic Service consumer that has received the notification letter, you should be automatically unless you “opt out”.

7. WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN ENROLLED, I THOUGHT IT WAS AUTOMATIC?
Your enrollment is automatic if you receive a letter from the supplier. If you do not receive a notification letter from the supplier, it generally means National Grid has you listed as under competitive supply and did not give GridSmart your account information for participation into the program.
You will need to contact the supplier directly to enroll in the PowerOptioons Program.


8. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM IF I DID NOT RECEIVE A CONSUMER NOTIFICATION LETTER?  
Yes, as long as you are not under contract with another competitive supplier. GridSmart Energy will have dedicated personnel for the Town of Shirley PowerOptions Program that will be able to assist you with any enrollment issues or additional questions you may have. 

9. WHEN WILL MY ENROLLMENT TAKE EFFECT? 
It will start on the meter read date stated on the Consumer Notification letter. You will see the new rate on the bill the following month.  

10. WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT POWER FROM THIS SUPPLIER?
You have the right to choose any supplier licensed to do business in Massachusetts by the Department of Public Utilities. Just “opt out” of the program or have the supplier you choose reach out to GridSmart directly to help facilitate the transition. It may take up to 2 billing cycles to complete the switch of supplier.

11. WHAT IF I DECIDE I WANT TO OPT-OUT AFTER THE 30 DAY INITIAL OPT-OUT PERIOD?
The Program is open. You may “opt out” at any time without penalty and be moved back to National Grid’s Basic Service option. If you “opt out” and choose to “opt in” at a later date GridSmart will assist in the coordination of the re-enrollment

12. WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY CHOSEN A COMPETITIVE SUPPLIER?
If you already have a competitive supplier you will not be eligible to participate in the PowerOptions Program until either the contract expires, or you decide to “opt out” early. Please be aware there may be fees associated with opting out of your existing contract early.
If you do not know if you have a completive supplier, your National Grid electric bill, under supplier services, should read “basic service fixed”. If you are not on basic service, you most likely have a competitive supplier.
GridSmart Energy will not enroll any accounts that have an existing supplier so as to not interfere with an existing contractual relationship.


13. WHAT IF I AM ON A BUDGET PLAN OR ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME DELIVERY RATE?
You will continue to receive those benefits from your National Grid. The PowerOptions program does not get involved or interfere with the application process.

14. WHAT IF I OPERATE A BUSINESS AND HAVE A "TAX EXEMPT" STATUS, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAINTAIN MY STATUS UNDER THIS PROGRAM?
In order to maintain your status you as tax exempt you will need to provide a copy of your ST2 form, stating your organization’s tax exempt status to the supplier chosen under the program.

15. WHAT IF I HAVE SOLAR PANELS ON MY RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS?
You may remain in the Shirley PowerOptions Program. You will continue to receive net metering credits on your electric bill from National Grid. The supply rate reflected on your bill will be the price of the aggregation program.

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We understand that re-regulation is complex.  We are available to the residents and businesses for Shirley for any questions or concerns related to the electricity or natural gas markets.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at aggregation@gridsmart-energy.com

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