You can find the best electric providers in Harvard, MA by choosing a fixed electric rate plan from one of many competing providers. Harvard offers electric choice allowing you to pick the electric rate plan and company you want. As energy consultants we have vetted and provided energy companies for you to compare that are solid, transparent energy companies you can trust.
Rather than choose a gimmicky plan that proposes to offer something free we show you affordable fixed electric rate plans for your Harvard residence. If you need commercial energy for your Harvard business we can go out to bid for your business electricity needs. Our commercial energy consultants bring back a competitive bid proposal for you to evaluate and decide on.
What to Expect With Harvard Electric Rates
Harvard, MA is like the rest of the deregulated electric service market. There are many competing companies and not all of them are offering you something good but they will tell you that 100% of the time. We try and keep things brass tax and clearly presented in our compare tool. We want your shopping experience to be objective, quick, and easy as possible.
You call National Grid if you have an electric outage at: 1-800-465-1212. They respond within 2 hours or less for most electric outages but they cannot help you order electric service. They are your poles and wires electric utility servicing the lines that deliver your electricity to your Harvard, Massachusetts home.
If you moved to Harvard from a state like California it may seem a bit confusing that you can pick your electric company in Harvard. The state deregulated the energy market so the retail electric provider can buy wholesale energy and sale it to you without ever having to own a power generation plant or the poles and wires.
The deregulated electric service markets are big business so there are multiple competing Harvard energy companies striving to win your account. The competitive nature of retail electric service allows for the cheapest electric rate in Harvard to always be just a comparison chart away. Our compare tool will allow you to see what’s out there and pick the best Harvard electric provider.
My Experience Finding Harvard, MA Electric Providers
I personally don’t live in Harvard but it’s similar to where I live in that the electric service shopping experience is the same. There will be plenty of gimmicks to make the electric rate look better than the rest. To avoid all the tricks pick a fixed electric rate like I do every few years and don’t worry about it for awhile. Make sure the electric rate is totally fixed and does not have a hybrid part of the electric rate that can fluctuate.
My Worst Experience with an Electric Rate Plan
The worst that ever happened to me with an electric rate plan is the time I chose a hybrid rate that had a fixed component and a variable component. The variable component eventually doubled the cost of my electric bill. Like many people that wade into these rate plans with little experience it can be a shock. So for me and for the future I will always pick a fixed electric rate plan and I hope all Harvard electric service customers will do the same.
One final reminder, it is always good to read the fine print about your Harvard electric rate plan to make sure it is the same thing a sales person may have told you. Sales people often are relaxed with their words and highlight the good parts.
Be Careful With Variable Electric Rate Plans
A variable electric rate plan is often a lure for many but it can go up and rather high at times. You are billed by your Harvard electric provider 30 to 45 days out so you won’t know just how high your rate changed until you get that bill. If you look at the measured usage dates and the current date when you get your sky high bill you will see that there are additional days likely hit with that sky high rate.
Connecticut flat out made variable electric rate plans illegal throughout their state. That is how bad variable electric rate plans are, so bad that the governor would outlaw them.
I think you get the idea, just like every company trying to sell you something there is a catch as the price gets cheaper, too cheap. When the Harvard electric rate plan seems too cheap start asking questions and read the fine print.
In Texas variable electric rate plans have gone up so high to reach an annual average rate of 81 cents per kWh with a company called Griddy Energy. Many people now call this retail electric provider in Texas, “Greedy Energy”, lol!
Call me if you have any questions about which Harvard electric rate plan you should choose. I would be glad to help you figure out what will be best for your situation: 903-245-4989
Fixed Electric Rate Plans in Harvard, MA
Fixed electric plans are hedged by the retail electric provider like a commodity. Just like farmers hedge their corn price to protect their profit before harvest so do retail electric providers. Hedging is a costly endeavor so this cost is a part of your fixed electric rate plan.
You could find a cheaper looking variable rate plan that follows an index but you take on the risk of the rate going up in price. Fixed electric rates hold that risk for you and make your life predictable when it comes to how much you will be paying for your Harvard electric bill each month.
The best electric provider in Harvard will pull no punches but tell you the facts straight. There will be no gimmicks attached to the rate plan but simply a fixed price and an easy way to sign up.
Other Considerations When Finding the Best Electric Provider
Keep in mind new unestablished electric companies can break into the retail electric service market in Harvard, MA and vanish just as quick. If your electric company in Harvard goes out of business you will be moved to a new provider and prices will be high. The reason prices are high at the time your electric company goes out of business is because volatile price spikes cause energy companies to go out of business.
If the Harvard electric provider did not hedge their energy properly but took on most of the risk they will eventually be like a stock trader using all his margin and more. These electric companies will not last for long and the unfortunate thing is that you don’t get to keep that initial great electric rate they got you. No wonder it was so good, right!
My Personal Experience Seeing People in Other States Choose Rate Plans
Each year there is a new fly by night electric company that comes in the market and offers really great low rates that beat everyone else.
The larger more established companies say to themselves, “No worries, they will be out of business in the next year or two and the state will send all those customers to me.”
That scenario has played out dozens of times. It’s crazy to think about but one company builds a huge electric service customer base only to have to give them all away and go bankrupt.
It’s no ones fault but the badly executed retail electric business’s and their leadership.
Transmission and Distribution Service Provider
In Harvard, MA area you call National Grid to handle any power outages. They will come to your home or business and repair any lines or transformers and get electric service back up and running. Their number is 1-800-465-1212.
National Grid has a great automated system that usually tells you they are aware of the outage and gives you an ETA when they expect power to be back on. National Grid sends you a text message when power is estimated to be restored. National Grid’s power outage communication system is a really good communication tool.
National Grid also buries your electric wires, installs your meter, and reads your smart electric meter over the internet. National Grid can also detect if your meter has become faulty and will replace it if need be.
National Grid passes through transmission and distribution charges on your Harvard electric bill. The energy bill company in Harvard is also your retail electric provider and are not be blamed for the non-negotiable transmission and distribution charges and tariffs they are required to include on your bill. Too bad you can’t ask them to leave those off and for that matter do we really need to be paying income tax. Well there is no way around it, so we pay.
National grid Residental TDSP TAX breakdown:
On top of your retail electric rate you pay pass through charges. These include:
- $17.33 per month for “Basic Service Charge”
- $3.11 per month for “Incremental Customer Charge”
- 8.583 ¢ for “On Peak/ Super Peak Delivery (per kWh)
- 1.306 ¢ for Off Peak Delivery Charge (per kWh)
National Grid does offer residential homes the option to voluntarily curtail your energy usage during peak demand times and lower these charges. I would definitely look into this if you want to save additional money. You would need to order Harvard electric service first before attempting to sign up for the energy demand curtailment program.
Types of Plans You Can Choose
The electric rate plans in Lindale come down to three basic choices. You have fixed, variable, and prepaid “no deposit” offers. The fixed Lindale electric rates are the most popular option. Prepaid is a necessity if you have low-income and have to work on your credit. Fixed plans keep the price the same the whole energy contract.
There are no surprises with a fixed rate but with variable prices things can get unpredictable as we talked about above. The Texas winter storm of 2021 proved how crazy high electricity prices get with a variable plan. Residential customers were getting $2,000 – $18,000 monthly electric bills in the mail and Brazos Electric Cooperative may go bankrupt. Considering Brazos Electric Cooperative is the oldest Cooperative in Texas it shows the magnitude of the wholesale electricity price spike of 2021.
These are the simple contracts, “what you see is what you get” type of plans and are great for most people. You see the advertised electric rate and it says it’s good for 1 year and the Lindale electric company keeps the rate the same the rest of the year or more (based on your contract length). These plans can be 24 months, 36 months and even 5 years long. The long term plans do have early termination penalties so if you sign up for one make sure that if you move it is in Texas so you can transfer the rate to your new home.
Variable plans can change indiscriminately at anytime. The Harvard electric provider passes on the price risk to you when you order a variable electric rate plan. Massachusetts historically sees their electric prices spike due to weather and supply and demand issues with power generation fuel sources. It’s best to let the electric provider insure this instead of you.
Prepaid Guaranteed No Deposit
Prepaid electricity plans help the low income in Harvard, MA and people just starting out avoid paying an electric service deposit. The bad part about prepaid electric companies is that you have to deposit money in the account ahead of time and weekly. Your usage is constantly being messaged to you and it’s a bit of a hassle for most. If you are in a credit crunch situation though it can be a life saver.
Average Electric Rates in Harvard
The EIA from the U.S. government has reported on the average rates for Harvard, MA. The average residential electric rate in Harvard was 26¢ as of Nov 2022. Over the course of 2021 and 2022 Harvard electric rates have been considerably higher in price due to the U.S. sending LNG to Europe.
Cheapest Price Electric Companies in Harvard
Check to see who offers the cheapest electric rates in Harvard Massachusetts for your zip code.
Frequently Asked Questions in Regards to How to Compare Electric Rates in Harvard, Massachusetts
How do I pick the best electricity company in Harvard
The Electricity Facts Label and Terms of Service have to be read to truly understand the Harvard electric rate plan. Call me and I would be happy to go over it with you if it seems confusing.
At the end of the day it is important that you personally understand what you are signing up for. I will tell you the cold hard truth but it’s not that bad. I won’t tell you anything cold or hard but you will get to the truth of what your electric rate will be in Harvard. My name is Donny and my number is 1-903-245-4989.
How can I change electric providers in Harvard?
You don’t have to call your old Harvard electric provider and “break up”. You simply go to a site like this one and compare electric rates in Harvard using the compare tool. You then choose your electric rate plan and order service in under 5 minutes. It’s fast, objective, and easy.
Why So Many Harvard Energy Companies?
If you come from a state municipality or a cooperative you have never been in this situation. There is a lot of money in retail electric service. Energy companies come in to compete and sell Harvard electric service because they stand to make a windfall. Politicians don’t mind the donations from these energy companies and in the end hopefully the energy consumer comes out ahead.
How to change electric providers in Harvard?
It only takes on average 4 minutes to use our Harvard electric rates compare tool. You can compare electricity prices, and order all online right from your smart phone.
Who do people trust to offer the best Harvard electric rates?
The Analysis Group Economic – Financial, and Strategy Consultants, Economic Development Journal, and the Tyler Chamber of Commerce feature ElectricRates.com comparison website as a trusted source for consumers to use to shop for Harvard electricity rate plans near them.
Is electricity expensive in Harvard?
Th average monthly electric bill in Harvard, Massachusetts runs around $260 a month. This energy data was garnered from the Energy Information Administration.
What company provides electric service in Harvard?
National Grid is the transmission and distribution company that sends electricity over the poles and wires but does not sell you retail electric service. Our website sells you electric service while National Grid would fix a power outage. For green energy please visit our voluntary sustainable energy offer.
Who has the cheapest electric rates in Harvard?
We signed up a commercial business at 4.7 cents per kilowatt hour as a large manufacturing business. If you are a Harvard business you can be in our reverse auction to see who can offer the best electric rates in Harvard, Massachusetts. Residential electric rates are compared daily using our comparison widget on this site. Visit our compare tool to see who is the cheapest today.
Donny has been writing about the deregulated energy markets since early 2007. His knowledge has helped consumers lower their electricity cost.