Fitchburg is developing a Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA), a City-operated electricity program that pools the electric use of residents, businesses, non-profits, and property owners to provide competitively priced electricity options (although future savings cannot be guaranteed). The Program offers electricity customers a City-vetted alternative to Unitil’s supply and other third party electricity suppliers.
Unitil continues to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing. The only change will be the source and cost of electricity supply.
Fitchburg’s Aggregation Plan was approved by the Department of Public Utilities on September 30, 2022. Stay tuned as the City is currently evaluating opportunities to launch the Program and will conduct an extensive education and outreach campaign before launch to make you aware of the Program. Please note, Fitchburg CEA will never call you or knock on your door.
The Aggregation Plan describes how the Program will operate and includes the education and outreach plan, as well sample customer notification documents. Read the Fitchburg CEA Program plan approved by the Department of Public Utilities here.
Goals of Fitchburg CEA
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the Program, Fitchburg CEA will seek to provide stable rates for multiple years.
However, savings compared to Unitil’s Basic Service rates cannot be guaranteed.
Increased Choice & Easy Participation
The Program expects to offer three different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Fitchburg can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in Fitchburg CEA may leave the Program at any time without penalty.
Solar Electricity customers will continue to receive their net metering credits while participating in the Program.
Low income benefits are unaffected by participation in the Program.
How To Participate
Every electricity customer in Fitchburg can participate in the program – whether they are a resident, a business, a renter or an owner – but only customers who receive electricity supply from Unitil, i.e., they haven’t chosen their own supplier, are eligible for automatic enrollment.
Prior to program launch, Fitchburg will conduct extensive education and outreach to notify our community that a program is starting.
The Program is structured with voluntary participation and automatic enrollment.
- Voluntary participation: Customers can leave the Program at any time without penalty either before the program starts or during.
- Automatic enrollment for those with Unitil as an electricity supplier: Each customer receiving supply from Unitil (called Basic Service) will have the opportunity to leave (i.e., opt out) or choose one of the Program’s optional products. Those that take no action during the 30-day window prior to program launch will be enrolled in the program’s default supply option.
Each customer eligible for automatic enrollment will receive a Customer Notification Letter in the mail. It will have program details and provide ways to opt out via prepaid mailer, phone and online form.
- Those residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than Unitil are not automatically enrolled in the Program, though they can voluntarily sign up for the Program at any time. If this applies to you, remember to check for potential cancellation fees or penalties with your current supplier before joining the Program.
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