SWITCH YOUR ELECTRIC SUPPLY TO GREEN/RENEWABLE POWER (5/2019)
(one of many ways YOU can save money, AND help the environment)

INSTALL SOLAR CELLS:

ASK YOUR CITY TO SUPPLY 100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY: all residences are automatically included; aggregated (city or region-wide) electric purchasing enables significant discount

BUY INTO COMMUNITY SOLAR (currently in NJ trial; available ~2021). Promises to be a cheaper/easier alternative to rooftop solar; it should be easy to buy and sell.

ASK MEMBERS OF YOUR ORGANIZATION/ASSOCIATION/CHURCH TO JOIN TOGETHER AS AN ELECTRICAL AGGREGATION. Request bids from the lowest cost green suppliers to provide the aggregated 100% renewable electricity for all group members and associated facilities

SWITCH TO A GREEN/RENEWABLE ELECTRIC SUPPLIER for your home and/or business.  This provides ~SAME environmental benefits as installing solar panels, requires no up-front cost, and provides a small reduction in monthly utility bills

HOW DOES AN INDIVIDUAL SWITCH TO A RENEWABLE SUPPLIER? 

·      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

·      Traders buy contracts (for RECs from nation-wide Brokers of “sustainable” certified electric sources) 

HOW DO YOU PROCEED?  On-line signup takes only minutes. 

RENEW AT CONTRACT END.  You receive a letter 1-2 months before contract end.  Follow the letter's directions, and you may receive an ADDITIONAL renewal discount from published prices for new customers.  Call or use web site to renew. If you do nothing, you will be switched to a month-to-month variable (higher OR lower) rate for your sustainable electric.  While you are month-to-month, you can call your broker to switch back to JCP&L (might take 2 months for the switch).

BACK TO OVERVIEW: http://www.electric.smiller.org FURTHER INFO:http://electric.smiller.org/renewable-discussion.htm

NOTES: NJ Electric suppliers are required to meet "Renewables Portfolio Standard". RPS requires ~20% (in 2019) of electricity must be renewable. The RPS increases each year, until electricity reaches50% renewable in 2030.

This report was updated by Steve Miller 12/12/2019