Accelerating Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Portsmouth Community Power expands energy choices for our City's residents and businesses, while lowering costs.
In 2023, the Portsmouth City Council adopted the Portsmouth Community Power Plan.
We are now putting that plan into action to create short- and long-term benefits for the people of Portsmouth.
How Community Power Works
Portsmouth Community Power combines the buying power of residents and businesses so that together we can achieve competitively priced electricity:
In advance of the launch of Portsmouth Community Power, all customers within the City receive an informational letter about their electricity rates and energy supply choice options.
The City is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 6-8pm in City Hall Council Chambers to answer questions about the program.
Customers have at least until May 28, 2023 — when Portsmouth Community Power launches! — to consider whether to opt-out, opt-in, or opt-up to choose a cleaner power option:
Most customers currently on Eversource's default supply service do not have to take any action to benefit from our lower electricity rate: unless they choose to opt-out of the program, they will begin receiving electricity supply from Portsmouth Community Power on the date in June that Eversource reads their meter.
Select customer groups are not eligible for automatic enrollment (listed below) but may choose to opt-in.
After the launch of Portsmouth Community Power, customers are always free to choose to buy power from Eversource, or from another supplier, by submitting notice in advance of their next utility meter read date.
As part of the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, we can control price volatility and choose which energy sources to buy or build.
Portsmouth Community Power purchases electricity from the sources you choose.
Eversource delivers the electricity using the same power line infrastructure and billing mechanisms.
Portsmouth Energy Customers save money and have the power to choose new rates and products, and how much electricity comes from renewable sources.
Electricity markets are changing. Customers are generating their own power and adopting new technologies that add value to our energy portfolio.
Portsmouth Community Power will harness that value, and empower customers to create a more innovative and cost-effective energy future.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.
Electricity Supply Choices
Energy users in Portsmouth can select which energy choice works best for them.
Use the portal or call us at 1-866-603-POWR to choose your power option, or to opt out, and have your Eversource account number handy so we can easily process your selection.
Mid-sized Commercial Customers
The table below shows our Portsmouth Community Power monthly variable rates for Primary General Service customers (Class GV) enrolled into Granite Basic compared to Eversource's supply rate in ¢ per kWh:
Mid-sized commercial customers (Class GV) can also pay an additional 0.4¢ / kWh, 1.1¢ / kWh or 3.3¢ / kWh to opt-up to Granite Plus, Clean 50, or Clean 100.
Note that variable rates shown for Eversource are charged by the utility based on the amount of electricity you use within each calendar month, whereas variable rates for Portsmouth Community Power are charged starting on the date within each month when Eversource reads your electricity meter.
For example, you would be charged the Community Power rate shown for “July” for usage during the period between when Eversource reads your meter in July until the utility closes your billing cycle by reading your meter again about one month later. (Refer to our FAQs for more details.)
Exceptions to Automatic Enrollment
Certain customer groups will NOT be automatically enrolled in Portsmouth Community Power, including:
Customers buying electricity from a third-party supplier.
Net Metered customers.
Large General Service, Backup Service, and Commercial & Industrial electric vehicle charging station customers (Class LG, B, and EV-2).
If one of these exceptions applies to you, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more and contact us to discuss your options.
View the Environmental Disclosure Label for the electricity we provide to customers.
Why Customers choose Community Power
COMPETITIVE RATES AND EXPANDED CHOICE
Our energy supply rate is lower than the Eversource supply rate.
Customers can choose from a menu of clean power options
We work with utilities, other municipalities, state agencies, and other partners to coordinate regional energy and transportation plans and projects focused on enhancing resilience.
FISCAL STABILITY AND FINANCIAL RESERVES
We deposit a portion of revenues into locally controlled reserve funds to manage risk and finance cost-effective projects that shift us off of volatile fossil fuels.
CUSTOMER FOCUS AND PUBLIC ADVOCACY
We will expand innovative options for distributed energy and efficiency programs through public advocacy.
Vice Chair of the
Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire
Member of the Coalition's
Executive, Audit, and Risk Management Committees
Member of the Portsmouth Energy Advisory Committee
Member Representative to the
Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire
City of Portsmouth Director,
Department of Public Works
Portsmouth joined dozens of other New Hampshire cities and towns to create our own locally accountable nonprofit power agency — Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire.
The City of Portsmouth appoints representatives to the Coalition to oversee the agency's governance and finances. Meet our Member Representatives!
COMMUNITY POWER COALITION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In August, 2021, the City Council created the Blue Ribbon Energy Advisory Committee to "research the risks and opportunities of Community Power." The committee concluded Community power would offer lower rates than Eversource default and be an effective way to decarbonize our local electricity consumption through the best renewable energy options. In July, 2022, Portsmouth chose CPCNH to be our energy supplier and joined the Coalition. The Energy Advisory Committee guided the creation of Portsmouth Community Power and CPCNH implements it on our resident's behalf. Portsmouth has a voice and a vote in CPCNH through our board representation.
Left to right: Kevin Charette, Tom Rooney, Allison Tanner, Councilor John Tabor, Chairman, Peter Somssich, Ben D'Antonio, Councilor Kate Cook.