Choosing a Supplier
Before you head out to "shop," here's what you will need when comparing your options and prices to see if a competitive supplier is right for you.
These tips are also helpful when comparison shopping.
- Price to compare.
The price you want to compare against other suppliers is
the price per kilowatt hour you would pay if you did not
choose a competitive supplier - Basic Service. Basic Service
is set at a Fixed Rate (the same price for a set period of time)
or Variable Rate (a rate which fluctuates on a monthly basis).
To find out what rate for electric supply you are currently
paying, look under the Supplier Services Detail section of
your bill. If you are on a Variable Rate, it may be helpful
to compare the monthly rates. View Summary of Electric Rates
- Average usage.
You also want to have handy the average amount of electricity
you use in a month. The Energy Profile printed on your monthly
bill details this usage.
- Licensed suppliers. Our list
(PDF:13KB) includes the contact information for the suppliers serving WMECo customers. Be assured that Massachusetts requires all suppliers
be licensed in the state.
- Our simple checklist
(PDF:27KB) so you
can easily compare suppliers.
- Put everything in writing.
- Ask to see the supplier's
bill so you can make sure you can read it and understand
- Always consider more than one offer.
- Ask for and check references.
- Make sure you read and
understand the fine print in the supplier's contract. Do not
hesitate to ask someone else to read it as well so you fully
understand the obligations on your part and on the supplier's