Carlisle CCA Program History

Voters authorized the Carlisle Select Board to adopt a Community Choice Aggregation program (“Program”) at its 2016 Annual Town meeting.  The Select Board seeks electricity suppliers through the Program that provide cost savings and environmental benefits on behalf of participating Carlisle residents and businesses.  However, participating residents and businesses are not guaranteed cost savings compared to Eversource Basic Service.  While Program rates are fixed for the duration of the contract, Eversource Basic Service rates are subject to change every six months.

Carlisle works with a consultant (aka, broker), Colonial Power Group, to secure competitive supplier bids, provide consumer outreach and support, assist with regulatory compliance, provide Program status reports, and otherwise facilitate the Program.   Colonial Power charges a fee of $0.001/kWh for its services, which is included in the supply rates charged under the Program.

Carlisle’s first CCA contract (with Public Power, LLC) ran from July 2018 to January 2021.   Carlisle’s second CCA contract (with Residents Energy, LLC) ran from January 2021 – January 2024.  Carlisle’s third CCA contract (with Dynegy Energy Services East, LLC) runs from January 2024 to January 2026.

The Program impacts only the supply portion of a consumer’s electric bill. In Carlisle, Eversource delivers electricity, but may not supply it.  A consumer’s electricity is supplied through either:

  • The Program (in mid-2023, this was the choice for over 80% of Carlisle households)
  • Eversource Basic Service
  • A contract with an independent, third-party supplier.

Product Options under Previous Contracts

Product Options under Contract #2 with Residents Energy, LLC (January 2021 – January 2024)

  1. Standard Product (default product)--$0.11450/kWh:  This product provides 15 percentage points more MA Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) than Massachusetts requires, plus 65 percentage points National Wind RECs.
  2. Optional Basic Product--$0.10640/kWh:  Similar to Eversource Basic Service, this product meets Massachusetts requirements for renewable energy content, including 18% to 22% MA Class I RECs (depending on year).  
  3. Optional Green 100 Product--$0.13940/kWh:  This product is a 100% renewable energy product that provides 100% MA Class I RECs.  This option provides the maximum support of the New England renewable energy economy.

Product Options under Contract #1 with Public Power, LLC (July 2018 – January 2021)

  1. Standard Product (default product)--$0.10981/kWh:  This product meets Massachusetts requirements for renewable energy content, including 13% to 16% MA Class I RECS (depending on year), plus National Wind RECs to achieve 100% renewable content.
  2. Optional Basic Product--$0.10879/kWh:  Similar to Eversource Basic Service, this product meets Massachusetts requirements for renewable energy content, including 13% to 16% MA Class I RECs (depending on year).