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Posted on: November 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] WINPOWER PRESS RELEASE

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Winchester's Electricity Program, "WinPower," Renewed for Two Years with New Rates & More Renewable Energy 

WINCHESTER, MA — The Town’s electricity supply program, WinPower, will begin a new supply contract in December 2022, which will provide fixed prices for the next two years. 

The Town is proud to announce that under the new contract, the most popular offering in the Program, WinPower Standard, will add 20% renewable energy above state standards, double the current amount. All WinPower offerings will also cost less than Eversource Basic Service winter rates in December, although future savings cannot be guaranteed.

“Winchester’s Climate Action Plan, adopted by the Select Board in 2020, sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050,” said Acting Town Manager Beth Rudolph. “This new contract for the WinPower Program will be a major step towards reaching that goal, while also helping our community through this time of energy market volatility.”

WinPower has had a substantial impact supporting the growth of renewable energy in New England, and that impact will increase even further in this new contract. The Town estimates the WinPower Program will purchase annually 15,000 MWh of voluntary MA Class I renewable energy, enough to power over 1,500 Winchester homes entirely on renewables. MA Class I is the State’s term for new renewable energy, and all of WinPower’s voluntary MA Class I comes from within New England.

Additionally, since the Program launch, WinPower has yielded more than $3.4 million in cumulative savings to participants (future savings cannot be guaranteed). 

No action is necessary for most WinPower participants to receive the new contract pricing; however, those customers on “WinPower 100” option will need to affirmatively re-enroll due to a new rule from the Department of Public Utilities. All other WinPower participants will be transitioned automatically to the new price for the Program option in which they are now enrolled (see new pricing at the table below). 

You can confirm whether you are enrolled in the WinPower Program by looking at the Supply Services Section of a recent Eversource electric bill. If it says “Dynegy – Winchester,” then that account is enrolled. If it says something else such as Basic Service Fixed or names a different supplier then that account is not enrolled. Starting with the electricity bill participants receive for December 2022, the Supplier name will change to the reflect Program’s new supplier “WinPower – Direct Energy.”

WinPower Program Participants may change to another option in the Program at any time or opt-out of the Program without penalty. To select a different Program option or to opt-out of the Program, use the online form at WinPower.com or call the new supplier, Direct Energy, at 866-968-8065. 

For questions about WinPower, please contact the Town’s support line at  (800) 672-5481.

New WinPower Prices:

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