Proof is in the savings. Long term fixed rates a better option.

Massachusetts utilities are beginning to announce their spring/summer rates, the May 20 edition of the Boston Globe has a nice article-although it only tells part of the story.  In short-the rate ride continues.

Consumer advocates and officials across New England continue to express concern about periodic electric utility rate increases. Electric utilities are often taken to task for taking customers on a rate roller coaster ride. During the winter of 2014/15 National Grid customers in Massachusetts paid 37% more than the previous winter. Eversource (previously NSTAR) rates increased 29%.   The rate increases were the subject of many news stories like these from the Boston Globe and WGBH.

Many electric utility customers across Massachusetts are fighting back and taking advantage of longer term fixed rates offered by Provider Power. These customers have selected the security of fixed rates over the rate uncertainty that comes from their utility.

As spring/summer rates are announced by utilities, ask this question: Will these rates balance out the higher winter rates? History shows us they do not. Looking back over the last 18 months, longer term fixed rates prove their worth.

As this chart shows, even when utility rates go down, they don’t off set the peak costs during the winter. Going back to the Fall of 2013, the average National Grid customer who switched to Provider Power saved nearly $250.


Here are some of the the benefits of longer term fixed rates with Provider Power.

[list_item icon=”fa-home” color=”#F17722″]Protection from fluctuations in the market. Provider Power customers don’t worry about rate peaks.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-home” color=”#F17722″]Security and Budgeting. If you know how much power you use, consumers can predict their monthly bills.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”fa-home” color=”#F17722″]Provider Power is a New England owned company. We do business with other local companies, hire locally and support local non-profit groups.[/list_item]




Higher Electric Utility Rates Stretching Consumer’s Budgets

As the holidays approach, higher electric utility rates are taking a toll on consumers.   The solution?   Shop the market, review all the options. 

In Massachusetts, National Grid’s rates are 37% higher than last winter. NSTAR’s rates have increased 29%

On December 8th WGBH News covered the recent changes in electricity rates.

The reason given for these increases — the high cost of natural gas delivered to New England during the winter months.

The rise in natural gas dependency has been dramatic in the region. ISO New England, the manager of the regional electricity grid, indicated that nearly 15 years ago, natural gas represented only 15% of the total mix of fuels.  In 2014, natural gas is now the leading source of electricity in the region, accounting for 55% of production — that’s an increase of 266%! Currently, the second leading source of electricity is now nuclear, with coal representing 1% and oil even less than that, a dramatic restructuring of the region’s traditional fossil fuel mix used to generate electricity.

Regional Concern:

In New Hampshire, customers of two utilities – Liberty and Unitil – will see an increase in their electricity supply rates greater than 40%. As of December 1st, 2014-PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has not announced their new rate.

State energy officials are going to unprecedented lengths to put information into the hands of consumers.  The New Hampshire Office of Public Advocateput out a news release offering advice to consumers on how to manage their utility bills this winter.

Maine households on the standard offer have been protected from price swings because the PUC (not the utilities as many believe) has been bidding only one-third of the total standard-offer price each year.  The PUC bidding process will change this year, with standard-offer bids reflecting more-immediate, real-time prices. That process will begin later this fall and rates will change on March 1, 2015.

How much will Maine residential consumer pay for power?  Maine’s Public Advocate, Tim Schneider, is quoted in a recent news story as saying consumers should pay attention to the rates offered by competitive electricity supply companies such as Electricity Maine. “I think they are indicative of what the next annual solicitation will be for the standard offer,” he said.

Are there any short-term solutions for customers—both residential and business owners?

Emile Clavet, co-owner of Provider Power (the parent company of Provider Power Mass, Electricity Maine, and ENH Power, one of region’s largest competitive electricity suppliers, suggests consumers “lock in” a longer term contract for electricity.

“It all depends on personal risk,” said Clavet. “In this environment, with so much fluctuation in the cost of power, it is our belief that the best option for consumers is to lock-in a longer term contract—especially one that covers as many ‘peak seasons’ as possible. Fixed, longer term contracts protect consumers,” he said.

Similar to oil-price contracts that allow customers to pay a set price for each gallon purchased during the heating season, even if the price of heating oil spikes, competitive electricity providers also offer similar type contracts for the power they provide.

“There isn’t a model that suggests rates will go down any time soon,” added Clavet.

To read more about what is driving the cost of electricity and the impact on residential and business consumers visit:

Boston Globe

Cape Cod Today