Tax Deductions: The cost of the additional renewable energy provided through WinPower is eligible for a federal tax deduction. To receive a receipt to file with your 2022 taxes, you must fill out the form here. Hard copy letters are not being mailed.
New WinPower Rates Announced
WinPower, Winchester’s Community Choice Electricity Program, will renew for a third time in December 2022 with a new supplier, Direct Energy. No action is needed for most participants to receive the new pricing. WinPower 100 customers DO need to take action – see here for details.
Call (800) 672-5481 with any questions.
At a time when energy rates are skyrocketing around the world, WinPower provides program participants in Winchester with stable, fixed rates that will not change for the duration of the term, December 2022 – December 2024. Savings cannot be guaranteed because future Eversource Basic Service rates are unknown.
WinPower is offered by the town of Winchester to provide more electricity supply options and more renewable energy to Winchester residents and businesses. WinPower doesn’t replace Eversource, the electric utility serving Winchester, as Eversource will continue to deliver electricity, repair outages and manage all electricity billing.
WinPower is the only electricity program offered by our town. Beware of look-alike offers and always look for the town seal on materials sent to you!
WinPower Electricity Products
December 2022 to December 2024
WinPower’s default option, WinPower Standard, has 20% more renewable electricity than required by law. Most participants in the Program receive WinPower Standard unless they affirmatively choose one of the other electricity options.
|WinPower Program||Eversource Basic Service|
|WinPower Standard||WinPower 100||WinPower Basic||Residential|
|Rates||15.671 ¢/kWh||16.611 ¢/kWh||14.931 ¢/kWh||25.649 ¢/kWh|
|Fixed rate for 24 months|
|Extra renewables from New England|
|100% renewable energy|
|Renewable energy||Includes 20% more Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs), than required by the Commonwealth||Adds voluntary renewable energy (MA Class I RECs) to total 100% renewable||Meets renewable energy standards||Meets renewable energy standards|
|Duration||December 2022 - December 2024||January - June 2023|
Future savings compared to Eversource Basic Service cannot be guaranteed because Basic Service prices change every six months for residential and commercial customers and every three months for industrial customers.
Watch the WinPower video below and consider signing up for WinPower 100!
WinPower 100 includes 100% renewable energy. Your participation in WinPower 100 supports the growth of regional renewable energy infrastructure in Massachusetts while reducing carbon pollution associated with power generation, the single largest human source of carbon emissions.
Lawn signs are available to show your support for our 100% renewable energy option, WinPower 100. Reach out to Winchester’s Energy & Recycling Outreach Coordinator for your free sign.
In July of 2017, the town of Winchester launched WinPower. First and foremost, WinPower promised to provide price stability when compared to Eversource Basic Service rates. This stability has resulted in an amazing 85% participation rate. WinPower also hoped to generate savings for residents. The Program has performed very well so far, however, future savings cannot be guaranteed because future Basic Service are unknown. Best of all, we accomplished this while including more new regional renewable energy in your electricity than Basic Service!
How It Works
Most residents and businesses in Winchester already participate in the WinPower Program. Check your electricity bill to see if you’re one of them. The supplier should be listed as WinPower – Direct Energy. If Eversource is still listed as your supplier, you may complete the enrollment form to sign up for the best WinPower product option for you. If a different supplier is listed, contact that supplier to ensure there are no penalties or termination fees for leaving that supplier before you join the WinPower.
Participation in the WinPower Program is voluntary. You can leave the Program at any time without any associated fees or penalties.
The Program will periodically send Customer Notification letters to new or newly eligible electricity customers, which includes program details, information about product prices, and renewable energy certificates (RECs). Customers who receive this letter that do not opt out will be automatically enrolled. To enroll sooner, use our online forms.
Questions & Support
Have questions or need help? Please visit the support page, which contains contact information for the current program supplier and a form for comments.