Portsmouth Community Electricity is a program offered by the Town to provide residents and businesses more electricity supply options by pooling the electricity use of thousands of users in Portsmouth. The program is a Town-vetted alternative to National Grid’s default supply and other third party electricity suppliers.
Portsmouth Community Electricity’s program plan has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission. Now the program organizers are looking for an advantageous time to start. Follow this website for updates.
The program plan is under review with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Read the plan to learn how the program will operate.
Goals of Portsmouth Community Electricity
Competitive, Stable Price
Using strategic purchasing, combined with the bulk purchasing power of thousands of households and businesses in the program, Portsmouth Community Electricity aims to provide competitive, stable rates.
More Renewable Energy
Portsmouth Community Electricity’s standard and optional products include more renewable energy than required by the State. This means you can use cleaner electricity and support the growth of renewable energy generation in our region.
Increased Choice and
The program offers different options for electricity supply so that everyone in Portsmouth can find an option that fits their budget and climate goals.
Participants in Portsmouth Community Electricity may leave the program at any time without penalty.
How it works
Portsmouth Community Electricity does not replace National Grid as our electric utility: they continue to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all billing. The program offers alternatives for the Supply portion of your bill. See the Understanding Your Bill section on the National Grid’s website to see the difference between Supply and Delivery sections.
The program is open to electricity customers in Portsmouth – whether they are a resident, a business, a renter or an owner.
Prior to program launch, Portsmouth will conduct extensive education and outreach to notify our community.
The program has voluntary participation and automatic enrollment.
- Voluntary participation: customers can leave the program at any time – either before the program starts or during – without penalty.
- Automatic enrollment for those with National Grid as an electricity supplier: Each customer receiving supply from National Grid (called Standard Offer or Last Resort 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 before 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.
- Opt in enrollment required for those with another electricity supplier (i.e. not National Grid): Those Portsmouth residents and businesses who have already chosen an electricity supplier other than National Grid are not automatically enrolled in the program, though they can voluntarily opt in to the program at any time. If this applies to you, remember to check for potential cancellation fees with your current supplier.
Solar electricity consumers will not be impacted and will continue to receive all net metering credits and Renewable Energy Growth program payments while participating in the Program.
Low Income (A-60) delivery rate consumers will continue to receive the full discount on their entire electric bill.
Questions and Support
Have questions about the program design or approval process? Please visit the contact page and send us your inquiry.