North Union Street substation

The North Union Street substation in Manchester is seen last week. Higher electricity prices began today for customers of Eversource and Liberty Utilities.

Higher electricity prices began Monday for customers of Eversource and Liberty Utilities, but with those rising prices, and new draft regulations potentially opening the door to “community power aggregation,” more Granite Staters are thinking about whether the “default” electric service is still the way to go.

Nearly all New Hampshire households use “default” electric service, according to the state Department of Energy — the Eversource, or Liberty or New Hampshire Electric Cooperative service that comes standard. Just 14% of households in the Eversource coverage area use an alternative supplier, according to the state Department of Energy.

The North Union Street subtation in Manchester

The North Union Street substation in Manchester.

Power lines on Bridge Street

Power lines on Bridge Street in Manchester.

Power lines

Power lines are seen on Bridge Street in Manchester.