Energy Management Committee: Don't fall for scams

Nov 09, 2017

To the Editor:

Marion residents have been swamped with offers in the mail and over the telephone of "clean energy." The ads are artfully designed to persuade folks to designate a new source for the supply or generation portion of their electrical bills. Moos of us would assume that "clean" is good and that the offer will probably be a bargain.

Not so! Eversource's invoices clearly state who is your supplier and what its Generation Service charge is. For example my last bill showed that I had selected ConstellationNew Energy Inc. charging $.094 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The ad that I received from CleanChoice Energy offered the rate of $.1576 per kWh. In other words, they were offering power at a generation cost 66% higher than I was already paying. For a family using 30 kWh per month a change to Clean Choice Energy would add about $18.80 to the monthly bill.

Just because electric power is "green" of "renewable" does not mean that it will always be expensive. Let the buyer beware!


Bill Saltonstall

Member, Energy Management Committee

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.