Portsmouth Community Electricity is our town’s electricity supply program launched in May 2023. The Program aims to help our community members manage electricity costs, increase renewable energy use, and reduce carbon pollution.

If you receive a letter from the Program, you are likely a newly eligible customer. The Town is excited for you to join! Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our Electricity Options

The table below summarizes the program’s residential options. For additional details, or for commercial and industrial pricing, see Electricity Options page here.

Portsmouth Standard
(for automatic enrollment)
Rhode Island Energy
Last Resort Service
9.361 ¢/kWh 9.151 ¢/kWh 10.222 ¢/kWh 12.321 ¢/kWh 10.341 ¢/kWh
Adds 5% voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs)
No additional
renewable energy
Adds voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs) to total 50%
Adds voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs) to total 100%
No additional
renewable energy
May 2023 to November 2023 April 2023 to September 2023

How It Works

Portsmouth Community Electricity is a municipal electricity aggregation, operated by the Town of Portsmouth, and authorized by R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-3-1.2.

There are two parts to your Rhode Island Energy electricity bill, (1) Supply Services, and (2) Delivery Services.

If you participate in Portsmouth Community Electricity:

  • The utility, Rhode Island Energy, will continue to provide all Delivery Services, which includes responding to power outages. You will continue to receive your electricity bill from Rhode Island Energy.
  • The Supply Services portion of the Rhode Island Energy bill will change to reflect your participation in Portsmouth’s program.
  • Customers in the Low-Income Rate Class (A60) will continue to receive their current percentage discount on the entire electricity bill.
  • Budget billing customers will continue to receive budget billing for their entire bill.
  • Customers that receive solar electricity benefits from net metering credits and/or Renewable Energy Growth Program payments will continue to receive those benefits.
  • You may leave the Program or switch to a different program option at any time, without penalty.