SWITCH YOUR ELECTRIC SUPPLY TO GREEN/RENEWABLE POWER (7/30/2017)
(one of many ways YOU can save money, AND help the environment)
(harder) INSTALL SOLAR CELLS:
(easier) SWITCH TO A GREEN/RENEWABLE ELECTRIC SUPPLIER This is the lowest complexity option that provides ~SAME environmental benefits as installing solar panels:.
(easiest of all): ASK YOUR CITY TO SUPPLY 100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY: all residences are automatically included; aggregated (large city-wide) electric purchasing enables 100% green electric rates significantly less than JCP&L "price to compare"
HOW DOES AN INDIVIDUAL SWITCH TO A RENEWABLE SUPPLIER? uses Great Eastern Energy as example. other sustainable suppliers in NJ are likely to have a similar process:
· General information is provided at http://www.nj.gov/bpu/residential/ ; Renewable Energy Certificates and http://www.renewablechoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Guide-To-RECs-White-Paper.pdf
· Great Eastern Traders buy contracts from nation-wide Brokers of “sustainable” certified electric sources.
HOW DO YOU PROCEED? On-line signup takes only minutes.
RENEW AT CONTRACT END. (using Great Eastern as example) You receive a letter 1-2 months before contract end. Follow the letter's directions. You will have a limited time to call Great Eastern to renew your sustainable electric contract at a special low rate. If you do nothing, you will be switched to a month-to-month variable rate for your sustainable electric. (This variable rate, on 2/17/2017 was ~JCP&L rate). While you are month-to-month, you can call Great Eastern and switch back to JCP&L fossil fuel electric (might take 2 months for the switch). Once you have returned to JCP&L as the supllier, you can then switch to another low cost suppliers of non-polluting renewable energy.
REFERENCES: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (a commercial electric customer) has switched to Great Eastern Energy, and presently saving. Church members (Residential customers) have switched, and are presently saving
archives: 3/25/2017 ;
NOTES: NJ Electric suppliers are required to meet "Renewables Portfolio Standard" (currently ~20% of electric must be renewable). This report was updated by S. Miller 7/30/2017; Disclaimer: All data and observations are believed accurate. Suppliers and prices vary with time; customers should do their own research.