boston globe

More savings found with municipal utilities

October 7, 2007

Your headline ("Power-shifting" can save hundreds on energy bills," Sept. 30) was misleading. In fact, power shifting saves very little. What really saves money is municipalization. NStar charges $99 for 500 kilowatt-hours per month. The typical municipal electric utility in Belmont, Concord, Braintree, or Peabody charges $62 for the same electricity, a savings of $444 per year. Many residents would save a lot if the Legislature passed an existing bill to establish new municipal utilities.

Kalman Glantz, Phil Wellons