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Massachusetts Electricity Rates

Updated: 11/21/2020

If you’re a Massachusetts resident, you have the benefit of Energy Choice. This page will guide you through everything you need to know to get the best Massachusetts electricity rates including available rates in your area, how to compare providers, basics of Energy Choice and more so that you can feel confident about your choice!

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Massachusetts

Price to Compare 12.39¢

The electricity utility's price for electricity supply expressed as a price per kWh, to be used to contrast prices with competitive suppliers.

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Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan
36 Mo.10.69¢
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Constellation
12 Month Home Power Plan
12 Mo.10.69¢
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Constellation
24 Month Green Home Power Plan
24 Mo.10.79¢
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36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug
36 Mo.10.89¢
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Verde
Clean Power 24
24 Mo.13.09¢Select
PlanRate Per kWh
Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan

36 Months
10.69¢
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Constellation
12 Month Home Power Plan

12 Months
10.69¢
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Constellation
24 Month Green Home Power Plan

24 Months
10.79¢
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Constellation
36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug

36 Months
10.89¢
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Verde
Clean Power 24

24 Months
13.09¢
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Average Massachusetts Electricity Costs

The average electricity price in Massachusetts is 21.81¢ per kWh which is the 3rd highest rate in the United States. The average Massachusetts electricity bill is $131.20 which is higher than the national average of $117.65. This is primarily because Massachusetts has the 8th lowest average electricity usage per month.

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21.81¢

Average Rate per/kWh

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607 kWh

Average Usage per month

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$131.2

Average Cost per month

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE NATIONALLY?

3rd Highest

Average Rate

8th Highest

Average Usage

11th Highest

Average Cost

Source: EIA Last Updated: March 15th, 2020

Massachusetts Energy Choice Basics

Before energy deregulation, the local energy utility handled all generation, transmission and distribution in Massachusetts. Because of the lack of competition, local utilities had a monopoly on the industry and were able to set energy rates as high as they liked.

Massachusetts deregulated electricity in 1998 through the Massachusetts Electrical Utilities Deregulation Referendum. Deregulation separates the supply of energy from its distribution, giving customers the ability to choose their electricity provider. This results in increased competition and better options for energy consumers.

Massachusetts residents still receive their electric supply from their local utility by default, however now they have many more providers and options to choose from. The local utility company still provides power distribution, as they did in the past and continue to do today.

How to Compare Electricity Rates in Massachusetts

Finding the best electricity rates is simple and secure through ElectricityRates.com. With our Rate Comparison Tool, you can compare and switch electricity providers in three simple steps.

How to compare Massachusetts electricity rates
  1. Enter your ZIP Code – You can see providers and rates available in your MA ZIP Code.
  2. Compare electricity providers and plans – Compare plans based on rate, length and energy source.
  3. Switch electricity providers – Select the right plan for you, fill out the necessary info and switch.

That’s it! Your new provider takes care of the rest. There are no interruptions to your electricity service and your new rate will usually take place within one or two billing cycles.

Massachusetts Utility Providers

Customers of the following Massachusetts utility providers benefit from Energy Choice.

Types of Massachusetts Electricity Rates

There are several different types of electricity plans available to Massachusetts residents.

Fixed-Rate Electricity Plans

A fixed-rate electricity plan locks your rate at the advertised price for the duration of the plan. Fixed-rate plans can often save you more money than variable-rate plans. That’s because variable-rate plans are subject to unexpected rate hikes and don’t guarantee a maximum rate. With a fixed-rate plan, you know what you are paying for your electricity supply each month.

To help you save money and save you from those unexpected rate hikes, ElectricityRates.com only offers fixed-rate electricity plans.

100% Renewable Plans

You can show your support for clean energy by choosing a plan that gets its power from renewable sources. These plans will have a “100% Renewable Sources” label when shopping for rates on ElectricityRates.com. These plans also usually come with a fixed-rate.

Electricity Plans With Incentives

Incentives come bundled with some electricity plans. Constellation, for example, bundles its Connect Energy Package. This comes with multiple smart home devices that can lock your door automatically and schedule lights to turn on and off, among other things. ElectricityRates.com will list these types of incentives in the “plan details” section under any electricity plan. These plans also usually come with a fixed-rate.

Variable-Rate Electricity Plans

A variable-rate electricity plan changes rates periodically based on market conditions.

Flexibility is the key advantage of a variable-rate plan. Usually, there are no cancellation fees. If you are not living in one place for very long, it may be beneficial to have a variable rate, so you don’t have to worry about a cancellation fee.

However, variable-rate plans will often cost you more in the long run.

Reading your Massachusetts Electricity Bill

There are two parts to your Massachusetts electricity bill, utility delivery charges and energy supply charges. Only your energy supply charges change when you switch electricity providers.

Utility Delivery Charges

These charges from the local utility ensure the reliable delivery of your electricity. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities sets these rates. They do not change, no matter who your electricity provider is.

Energy Supply Charges

Supply charges are the cost of the electricity you use. It is also the part of the bill that changes when you switch electricity providers. When you compare electricity rates, use the energy supply rate located on your bill. It is a charge by the kilowatt-hour for your energy supply (sometimes called “generation” charge).

Electricity Rates by Massachusetts City

Find out more about electricity rates in popular Massachusetts cities.

Massachusetts Electricity Providers

There are many energy providers to choose from in Massachusetts. They range from small local companies to large national providers like Constellation and Direct Energy.

Factors you should consider when choosing an electricity provider include reputation, longevity and customer service.

ElectricityRates.com only brings you great rates from the most reputable providers to that you don’t have to worry about choosing the wrong one.

Massachusetts Business and Commercial Electricity Rates

Take a strategic approach to energy management for your business in Massachusetts and save big with customized rates, energy bill optimization and more. To find out how much your Massachusetts business can save, complete the quote request form on the business electricity rates page.

Once your information is received, our advisers will take care of the rest. Our advisers will work with a variety of electricity providers to negotiate the best possible electricity price for your business with no obligation to you.

Ready to get started? Find the Rate Comparison Tool at the top of the page and enter your ZIP Code to instantly compare Massachusetts electricity rates!

Massachusetts Electricity Rates FAQ

How does Energy Choice work in Massachusetts?
Energy Choice in Massachusetts gives consumers the ability to choose their electricity provider. This allows residents to save on their electricity bills by finding a lower electricity supply rate and gives them more control over their electricity through fixed-rate and renewable electricity plans.
What’s the difference between your utility provider and your electricity provider?
Your utility provider and your electricity provider provide two different services in Massachusetts: Utility Provider - Delivers electricity to your home, maintains infrastructure necessary for reliable electricity distribution and bills you. Electricity Provider - Supplies the electricity you use. Your utility provider in Massachusetts can also be your electricity provider. However, no matter who your electricity provider is, your utility provider will always remain the same.
Who are the utility providers in Massachusetts?
There are two primary utility providers in Massachusetts, Eversource and National Grid.
How does Massachusetts generate electricity?
Massachusetts primarily uses natural gas to generate electricity, followed by a fast-growing solar sector. Here is a breakdown of Massachusetts’ primary generation sources: Natural Gas: ~71.6% Solar: ~15% Nuclear: ~9.8% The rest is made up of smaller percentages of hydroelectric, biomass, wind and other generation sources.
Why are Massachusetts electricity prices so high?
Massachusetts electricity is expensive because the state has to import fossil fuels and there is a resistance to build more natural gas pipelines.