SWITCH YOUR ELECTRIC SUPPLY TO GREEN/RENEWABLE POWER (7/2/2021)
(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. This is legally called Renewable Government Energy Aggregation and is often named Community Choice Aggregation. Eight Monmouth County cities, led by Red Bank, are creating a regional aggregation. "Middletown for Clean Energy" is pushing for 100% renewable electricity to be supplied by Middletown. Join our mailing list to keep informed!

BUY INTO COMMUNITY SOLAR (currently in NJ trial; available ~2022). Promises to be a cheaper/easier alternative to rooftop solar; it will be easy to buy and sell either the electricity, or an ownership share in the solar array

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 https://www.nj.gov/bpu/residential/ ; Renewable Energy Certificates and Offsets and RECs: What's the Difference?

·      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 3rd party supplier to switch back to JCP&L (might take 2 months for the switch).

BACK TO OVERVIEW: http://www.electric.smiller.org

NOTES: NJ Electric utilities are required to meet "Renewables Portfolio Standard". RPS currently requires ~23% of electricity provided by JCP&L is from renewable sources. The RPS increases each year, until electricity reaches 50% renewable in 2030.

This report was updated by Steve Miller 7/2/2021 stevemiller@comcast.net