The Town of Foxborough has developed the Foxborough Power Forward program to bring the benefits of low cost power, renewable energy, and electricity choice to its residents and businesses. The program is part of the Town’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability and economic growth.
Town Manager Bill Keegan discusses the Foxborough Power Forward program with Marlana Patton from Peregrine Energy on Group Foxboro Cable Access:
January 20, 2017
Foxborough Power Forward to Deliver Electricity Price Stability and Savings
Program will launch with savings of 0.58 cents/kWh below winter National Grid residential prices
FOXBOROUGH, MA – The Town of Foxborough will launch the Foxborough Power Forward municipal electricity aggregation program on March 1, 2017. Electricity aggregation is a form of group purchasing in which a city or town selects an electricity supplier on behalf of its residents and businesses. Through a public procurement process, Foxborough has signed a 19-month electricity supply contract with Public Power, LLC. Foxborough has secured a price that will offer savings of 0.58 cents/kWh below National Grid Basic Service residential winter rates at the time of program launch.
Most Foxborough residents and businesses currently receive National Grid Basic Service, which means National Grid both delivers and supplies their electricity. With Foxborough Power Forward, National Grid will continue to deliver electricity, but Public Power will supply it. All National Grid Basic Service customers in Foxborough will be automatically enrolled in Foxborough Power Forward on their first meter read after March 1, 2017, unless they choose not to participate in the program.
The program will provide residents and businesses with two new alternatives to National Grid Basic Service, “Power Forward Standard” and “Power Forward Green”.
Power Forward Standard meets state renewable energy requirements, just like National Grid Basic Service. Power Forward Standard provides a price of 9.203 cents/kWh for all rate classes, including residential, commercial, and industrial. All Energy Choice participants will be automatically enrolled in Power Forward Standard.
Power Forward Green is a 100%-green-energy option that makes it possible to get 100% green energy and support renewable energy projects in New England. Specifically, Power Forward Green includes 20% more energy from local, new, New England renewable energy projects than required by state law. Power Forward Green is available at 9.806 cents/kWh for all rate classes, including residential, commercial, and industrial.
“Not only will Foxborough Power Forward provide savings on electric bills when we launch, but it will also provide a transparent alternative to the other electricity supply options on the market,” said Town Manager Bill Keegan. “With no hidden charges, no minimum participation period, and a fixed price for 19 months, Foxborough Power Forward is an easy-to-understand program that the community can count on.”
Those who do not wish to participate in Foxborough Power Forward will have the ability to opt out of the program before it launches and remain with National Grid Basic Service. Those who do participate in the program may opt out at any time after program launch with no penalty. Those who opt out later will be switched back to National Grid Basic Service at the time they opt out.
National Grid will continue to deliver electricity and maintain and repair power lines. Customers will continue to receive one bill from National Grid, and they will continue to contact National Grid when their power goes out. Foxborough Power Forward will only impact electricity supply charges. Delivery charges will be unaffected.
Eligible residents and businesses will receive an informational mailing about the program in late January and will also have the option of attending community information sessions to learn more.
While the goal of Foxborough Power Forward is to offer savings, the program will offer a fixed 19-month price. National Grid residential and commercial prices change twice a year or more, depending on rate class. As a result, the Foxborough Power Forward price may not always be below the National Grid Basic Service price. The program goal is to deliver savings when compared with the average of the changing Basic Service prices across all 19 months of the electricity supply contract with Public Power.
Foxborough has developed its aggregation plan and is implementing its aggregation program with assistance from Peregrine Energy Group of Boston and Bay State Consultants of Newburyport.