Barrington Community Electricity is our town’s electricity supply program. The Program aims to help our community members manage electricity costs, increase renewable energy use, and reduce carbon pollution. Barrington Town Council approved this program in June 2020.

Important Rate Update

RI Energy has increased its proposed rate since the Town sent its Notification Letter. Our Barrington Community Electricity rates remain the same. Rates below are for residential customers that will be in effect when the Program launches in May 2023.

Barrington Standard: 9.361 ¢/kWh
RI Energy Rate: 10.341 ¢/kWh

Public Meetings
The Town of Barrington and energy consultant, Good Energy, will hold a public informational meeting on Barrington’s new Community Electricity Program from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, March 23rd. Interested in attending? There are several options:

Additional information may be found on www.barrington.ri.gov.

Special Virtual Discussions
Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 pm, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the local non-profit that helps bring new renewable projects to New England will be holding a virtual discussion about our town’s community electricity program. A second meeting will take place on Thursday, March 23rd at noon. Please go here to sign up.

Our Electricity Options

The table below summarizes the program’s residential options. For additional details, or for commercial and industrial pricing, see Electricity Options page here.

Barrington Standard
(for automatic enrollment)
Rhode Island Energy
Last Resort Service
9.361 ¢/kWh Residential 9.151 ¢/kWh Residential 10.222 ¢/kWh Residential 12.321 ¢/kWh Residential 10.341 ¢/kWh
Adds 5% voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs)
No additional
renewable energy
Adds voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs) to total 50%
Adds voluntary
renewable energy
(RI New RECs) to total 100%
No additional
renewable energy
May 2023 to November 2023 April 2023 to September 2023

Notification Letter Sent in Late FebruaryCustomers eligible for automatic enrollment in Barrington Community Electricity were mailed a notification letter in early March 2023. If you received the letter, you are slated to be enrolled in Barrington Standard (9.361 cent/kWh) as of the May 2023 meter read. No action is necessary to receive this price. The deadline to opt-out and not participate in the program is April 8, 2023 (extended from April 3). If you are enrolled, you may always leave the program at any time, without penalty.

If you do not receive a letter, you will not be automatically enrolled. You may join the Program by submitting a request to enroll here

How It Works

Barrington Community Electricity is a municipal electricity aggregation, operated by the Town of Barrington, and authorized by R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-3-1.2.

There are two parts to your Rhode Island Energy electricity bill, (1) Supply Services, and (2) Delivery Services. 

If you participate in Barrington Community Electricity:

  • The utility, Rhode Island Energy, will continue to provide all Delivery Services, which includes responding to power outages. You will continue to receive your electricity bill from Rhode Island Energy.
  • The Supply Services portion of the Rhode Island Energy bill will change to reflect your participation in Barrington’s program.
  • Customers in the Low-Income Rate Class (A60) will continue to receive their current percentage discount on the entire electricity bill.
  • Budget billing customers will continue to receive budget billing for the Delivery Services portion of the bill.
  • Customers that receive solar electricity benefits from net metering credits and/or Renewable Energy Growth Program payments will continue to receive those benefits.
  • You may leave the Program or switch to a different program option at any time, without penalty.