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Massachusetts Energy Market Data

Last updated July 2020

  • The average Massachusetts commercial electricity rate is 15.70¢/kWh (40% higher than the national average). 
  • The average Massachusetts residential electricity rate is 23.22¢/kWh (54% lower than the national average).
  • In 2018, Massachusetts generated 67% of its electricity from natural gas and none from coal, making Massachusetts the third New England state without coal-fired generation. Almost all the rest of Massachusetts' electricity generation came from nuclear power and renewables.
  • By March 2019, Massachusetts ranked fifth in the nation in installed solar photovoltaic generation capacity with 2,354 megawatts of utility-scale and small-scale solar PV capacity.
Source: Massachusetts energy data from The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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Massachusetts Commercial Electricity Rates and Plans

How to find the best electric rate for your business

For businesses of all sizes – from small businesses to enterprise-level, the Massachusetts deregulated market has enabled competition. Today, every business has the ability to compare energy plans from top energy suppliers and shop for the best rate available.

In most cases, businesses will be able to effectively manage and/or reduce their monthly electricity costs by switching energy plans and providers every year.

How to Switch Electricity Plans in MA

In a competitive electricity market both commercial and residential customers have the power to choose their specific energy supplier, plan and rate, and then switch – based on any existing contract terms, renewal dates and fees. As an electricity customer, it’s important to track your contract renewal date. When your energy plan is due to renew, it’s time to compare electricity rates and switch to the best rate for your home or business. When switching energy plans, keep these 5 easy steps in mind:

Step 1: Compare energy providers and energy prices online

This is the easy part and it starts online. Today, businesses have a variety of online websites and tools to research and compare energy providers, plans, and rates. The best way to compare providers is to use a simple website like EnergyBot. In less than 5 minutes, you can enter basic information about your business, like your zip code and monthly electricity bill, and compare dozens of top energy suppliers in your area to find the lowest energy rate.

Step 2: Take time to review the energy plan details

When you are comparing electricity plans, it will pay – literally – to take time to review the plan details, contract terms, and legal copy. Energy companies may entice you with a low rate, yet the fine print will reveal that it is a variable-rate – which is only applicable when you are in a specific range of kWh usage. Also, review the contract term, cancellation fees, and out clauses before signing up for a new plan.

It’s important to do your research and we have you covered. Check out this article to learn more about the different types of energy plans and rates.

Step 3: Upload your most recent electricity bill

In many cases, the energy supplier, broker or website that you are using to find a new electricity plan will ask you to upload your most recent electricity bill. Although this may feel a bit intrusive, it provides pertinent account information and is important to securing the best energy rate available for your business. Your energy bill has your business information as well as the data that outlines your monthly energy usage.

To add, your new energy supplier will require proof of your energy usage before you can switch and your electricity bill is the easiest way to meet the requirement.

Step 4: Request a custom electricity pricing quote

If you own or manage a larger business with high energy usage (and higher monthly bill), then it may be beneficial to request a custom pricing quote. For larger companies, the process is a bit different. Due to your high energy usage, energy suppliers require a comprehensive review of your energy usage to provide a custom quote on a new plan and rate. At EnergyBot, you can get custom pricing support from one of our energy experts.

Step 5: Confirm the switch to a new energy provider

After authorizing a switch to a new energy provider, you will receive a confirmation email with the plan details and start date. It’s very important to review the plan you authorized and the new start date. The transition to a new supplier will be seamless…you won’t even notice until you get the electricity bill the next month.

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is the government organization that oversees utility companies in Massachusetts. This includes electric power, natural gas, and water companies. The DPU also regulates the safety of bus, moving, and other transportation network organizations.

Massachusetts Utilities and Energy Providers

Utilities are the entities in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy infrastructure, like wires and towers. Each utility is responsible for transporting electricity from the generators to residential homes and businesses in their specific region of Massachusetts.

Electric Utilities in Massachusetts:

  • Unitil (Fitchburg Gas & Electric)
  • National Grid (Mass. Electric)
  • National Grid (Nantucket Electric)
  • Eversource Energy (formerly NSTAR)
  • Eversource Energy (formery WMECo)

Electric Providers in Massachusetts:

Energy providers in Mass., including Constellation and Direct Energy are the competitive energy providers. Each energy provider buys energy from the wholesale market (the generators) and then re-sells it to consumers (homeowners, renters, and businesses).

In most cases, the energy consumer – the homeowner, renter, or business – signs a contract with an energy provider for a specific energy plan. The basic energy plan details the rate class, the energy rate per kWh, the contract term length (6, 12, 24, 36 months), and other contract terms like the cancellation fee policy.

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Massachusetts Small Business Profile

Mass. is home to over 650,000 small businesses in a wide variety of industries and categories. Small businesses also make up 99.5% of the total businesses in Maryland with the remaining .5% being large or enterprise level companies.

As of the latest SUSB census, Maryland small businesses employed over 1.5 million people representing  46% of the total employees in Maryland.

Key Statistics

  • 652,661 Small Businesses
  • 1.5 million small business employees – 50.2% of the total workforce

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Massachusetts Energy FAQs

Energy choice, also known as energy market deregulation, allows Maryland business owners and decision makers to choose a specific energy supplier and energy rate for their respective business.

EnergyBot is an online marketplace that helps businesses quickly and easily compare energy suppliers, plans, and rates in their area. With the simple goal to help businesses switch to the best energy for their business, EnergyBot cuts out the middleman – energy consultants and energy brokers, and enables businesses to switch online. EnergyBot also eliminates the fees and sales commissions that businesses may pay when using a traditional energy broker.

In Maryland, energy brokers may advertise promotional rates and offer their services free of charge – which is not exactly the truth. Most energy brokers “bake in their commissions and fees” into the energy rate (per kWh) that businesses will pay – which means that a business may pay a higher rate than necessary when using a broker. EnergyBot rates are simple and transparent and published on our site every day for businesses to review and compare.

The goal of energy market deregulation was to create competition among energy suppliers so that they would be more efficient and ultimately offer lower, more competitive rates, to consumers. Unfortunately, most businesses and residential consumers have found that comparing energy plans is overly complicated and confusing.

EnergyBot makes energy simple. With a fast and transparent online experience, businesses can now compare plans and select an energy rate in just a few minutes. With basic information about your business and energy usage, EnergyBot will quickly compare current rates from top energy suppliers and provide a list of recommended plans for your business. Switching to a new energy plan is now as easy as booking a flight online.

EnergyBot makes it easy to switch energy providers. Simply visit our website, compare and select energy plans in your area, submit the necessary business information, and then upload your most recent energy bill. The EnergyBot team will seamlessly work with your new supplier to make the switch to the new energy plan. And the energy service to your business will continue without interruption.

You will pay your electricity bill directly to your local utility company. EnergyBot will never send you a bill.

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