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!
Get the Best 2020 Massachusetts Electricity Rates
In Massachusetts, your electricity options depend on who your local utility provider is. Here are featured electricity rates for each utility in Massachusetts.
Eversource (Formerly WMECo) Electricity Rates
Eversource WMECo operates in the western portion of Massachusetts.
Eversource (Formerly NSTAR Electric) Electricity Rates
The NSTAR division operates throughout the eastern portion of the state.
National Grid (Massachusetts Electric) Electricity Rates
The Massachusetts Electric division of National Grid operates in almost every corner of the state of Massachusetts.
Unitil Electricity Rates
Unitil is a utility provider that serves four municipalities in Massachusetts. Those four cities are Ashby, Townsend, Fitchburg and Lunenburg.
Average Massachusetts Electricity Rates
Massachusetts Average Bill
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.
Source: EIA Last Updated: March 15th, 2020
Massachusetts Electricity Rates Chart
Average Residential Price of Electricity Over Time
Energy Choice in Massachusetts
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.
- Enter your ZIP Code – You can see providers and rates available in your MA ZIP code.
- Compare electricity providers and plans – Compare plans based on rate, length and energy source.
- 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.
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
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!