Boston Community Choice Electricity
Boston Community Choice Electricity (BCCE) is a municipal aggregation program. There are currently over 150 similar programs throughout Massachusetts-Boston’s is the largest one. The Program allows the City to secure electricity at a competitive rate. By using the City's collective buying power, we aim to provide affordable and renewable electricity to the program’s customers. BCCE ensures that energy decisions are made locally and reflect the values of Boston’s community.
Current customers do not need to take action to remain on the Program. You will remain on the BCCE plan you were previously enrolled in.
Eversource winter (January-July 2024) rate:
$0.17587/kWh (small business)
BCCE’s current rates will change with your December meter read. BCCE’s new rates will then be locked in through December 2025 with a new contracted supplier, Direct Energy. New pricing can be found in the Program Rates section below. You can also utilize the calculator to determine any potential savings.
Eversource offers customers a supply option called Basic Service. BCCE strives to save you money relative to Basic Service. However, savings cannot be guaranteed as Eversource rates change 2x each year. Eversource's winter 2024 residential rate of $0.17251/kWh is higher than all three BCCE plans.
Compare the cost of the program's three plans against one another, Basic Service, and third-party suppliers. BCCE's Green 100 plan (100% renewable energy) is less than Eversource's rate (22% renewable energy). Go green and help Boston get to carbon neutrality while saving every month!
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has developed a website to help consumers shop for electricity supply. Rates shown for third-party suppliers are introductory rates. We have witnessed Boston residents paying rates nearly five and a half times that of BCCE's Standard (default) plan.
How it works
BCCE gives you a choice on the type of electricity that powers your home or business.
The City of Boston has the ability to create our own products. We provide options for more renewable energy, like the Green 100 plan and the lower-cost Optional Basic plan, to help serve all of our customers.
BCCE automatically enrolls Eversource Basic Service customers.
New Basic Service customers are mailed a notification letter on a quarterly basis giving them the opportunity to opt-out of BCCE or opt-in to more renewables. If you do not opt-out, you are placed on the program’s Standard (39% renewable energy) plan. You can opt-up to Green 100 or down to Optional Basic at any time. If you have a supply block on your account, you will not be automatically enrolled in the Program, but you can still join! Call Eversource and have them remove the block, wait 24-48 hours, then enroll by filling out our online form. Auto-enrollments only take place once Eversource sends us new account information and after you have received the welcome packet from us. We do not have access to account details until Eversource provides it to us.
Continue to benefit from existing programs, plans, and assistance.
If you benefit from a program, plan, or some form of assistance, the BCCE program will not interfere with those benefits. In fact, we encourage those who qualify to apply for assistance regardless of their supplier. Visit boston.gov/energy for more information on Mass Save, Rental Relief Fund, LIHEAP and more.
BCCE is flexible. You can opt-in, out, up or down at any time with no contract or fees.
You can change your enrollment or renewable content by calling:
- the program’s electric supplier — Direct Energy — at 855-402-5868 or
- by filling out our online form.
If you’ve signed an electric contract with a competitive supplier, you will not automatically be enrolled in BCCE.
But you can still join BCCE! Learn more on how to protect your account from the dangers of competitive electric suppliers, and your options moving forward.
Eversource continues to serve as your utility.
As a BCCE customer, Eversource continues to handle electricity delivery. They also handle customer billing and service, meter reads, and power outages.