Montclair, N.J., Nov. 7, 2005 — Residents of Essex and Hunterdon counties were among the first customers in the state to register for the New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) president Jeanne M. Fox joined community and state leaders, environmental advocates and residents in Lambertville and Montclair to discuss the state’s voluntary program that provides customers the option of selecting “clean energy” through a sign-up option on their utility bills.
“One solution to the volatility of natural gas and oil prices is the proactive investment in renewable energy generation,” said Fox. “Most responses to rising natural gas prices have focused on increasing the natural gas supply. What has been almost entirely neglected is the role that wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources can play in reducing the demand for electricity generated from natural gas,” Fox added.
The program officially began Oct. 1st in PSE&G and JCP&L territories and will expand to Atlantic City Electric and Rockland Electric Company in April 2006. Electric customers who wish to pay a slight premium to encourage the development and expansion of renewable energy sources – like wind and solar – are now able to subscribe to the program and select from multiple clean power products and marketers, without having to switch from their electric utility.
The New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program is the first statewide program of its kind where multiple utilities and clean power marketers will participate in a joint effort with the state to give consumers access to the regional market for renewable energy. Participating electric distribution companies include: PSE&G; JCP&L; Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland while clean power suppliers include: Green Mountain Energy; Community Energy; Sterling Planet; and Jersey-Atlantic Wind, LLC.
For $7.00 a month New Jersey residents can make the choice to have their electricity needs served by a variety of clean, renewable sources of energy. Each choice offers a slightly different mix of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, low-impact hydro or landfill gas.