SWITCH YOUR ELECTRIC SUPPLY TO GREEN/RENEWABLE POWER (1/20/2018)
(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
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? (use Great Eastern Energy as example)
· 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, and you 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 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 (might take 2 months for the switch).
REFERENCES: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (a commercial electric customer) has switched to Great Eastern Energy. Good Shepherd church members (Residential customers) have switched.
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 10/9/2017