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Basic Service

NSTAR Electric Basic Service customers have the choice of a 6 month fixed price or a monthly variable price.  Both the fixed and the variable pricing closely reflect the actual price of electricity on the wholesale market.

Pricing below reflects the most recent Basic Service pricing. For past pricing information, please see the latest Energy Label.

Fixed Rate Option
All pricing is in cents per kilowatt hour.

Residential Customers
July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Rates A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A7, A8, 32, 66, 68, 30, 37, 38, 86, 42, 57, 58, 59, 39, 01, 04, 05, 07, 48, 10
9.379
Small Commercial/Industrial Customers and Lighting
July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Rates A9, B1, B2, B5, B9, C1, C2, C3, 22, 23, 31, 33, 35, 41, 55, 79, 81, 82, 88, 02, 06, 19, 36, 51, 52, 80
9.078
Large Commercial/Industrial Customers (NEMA)
October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Rates B3, B7, 62, 70
10.625
Large Commercial/Industrial Customers (SEMA)
October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Rates G6, G8, 24, 84
10.278
  • Upon opening your account, all residential and small commercial/industrial customers are to be placed on this fixed rate. You are allowed to choose the monthly variable rate, however you can only make this choice once.
  • The rates for each period is based on our contract with the Basic Service provider.
  • If you are on a fixed rate for Basic Service and decide to switch to a Competitive Power Supplier before the period is over, your electric bill will be recalculated.  This means your electric bill for the period you were on the fixed rate will be recalculated as if you were on the monthly variable rate for that period. This ensures that all consumers pay the actual cost of the electricity they have used. This adjustment may be a credit or debit, and will be reflected on your first bill after the switch is effective. We can further explain this recalculation to you.

Monthly Variable Rate Option
All pricing is in cents per kilowatt hour.

Residential Customers
July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Rates A1, A2, A3, A4, A4, A5, A7, A8, 32, 66, 68, 30, 37, 38, 86, 42, 57, 58, 59, 39, 01, 04, 05, 07, 48, 10 
July
8.907
August
8.384
September
7.790
October
7.902
November
9.809
December
13.590
 
Small Commercial/Industrial and Lighting Customers
July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Rates A9, B1, B2, B5, B9, C1, C2, C3, 22, 23, 31, 33, 35, 41, 55, 79, 81, 82, 88, 02, 06, 19, 36, 51, 52, 80
July
8.902
August
8.294
September
7.516
October
7.528
November
9.520
December
13.203
 
Large Commercial/Industrial Customers (NEMA)
October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Rates B3, B7, 62, 70
October
7.118
November
9.050
December
15.526
 
Large Commercial/Industrial Customers (SEMA)
October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Rates G6, G8, 24, 84
October
6.752
November
8.874
December
15.562
  • Large commercial/industrial customers and street light customers are automatically placed on a monthly variable rate.
  • The variable rate changes from month to month to reflect the actual cost of electricity purchased each month.
  • You are allowed to choose the fixed rate option, however you can only make this choice once.

About Basic Service
As an NSTAR customer, you receive Basic Service if you do not receive your electric supply from a Competitive Power Supplier.

You may wish to shop the competitive market for your supplier.  You can then compare the Competitive Power Suppliers’ options to the Basic Service options from NSTAR Electric.  In addition to price, other service offerings may be of value to you.  You may want to review the length and terms of your proposed contract with the competitive power supplier, as well as billing, payment, deposit, warranty and other information.

A list of Licensed Competitive Power Suppliers is available.

If, in the future, you choose a Competitive Power Supplier, the supplier’s prices will go into effect on your next scheduled meter reading date, provided NSTAR Electric had notice of this change at least two business days prior to your next scheduled meter reading date.  (Your next scheduled meter reading date appears on your electric bill.)

If you are currently a Basic Service Fixed rate customer and opt to use a Competitive Supplier, up to six months of your past billing will be recalculated to reflect the month-to-month Basic Service Variable rate. This adjustment may result in either a credit or debit. 

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