New Jersey Begins Statewide Green Power Purchase Plan

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) officially announced the launch of the New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program — a voluntary program that will give retail customers the option of selecting “clean energy” through a sign-up option on their utility bills.

The program will began on October 1 in PSE&G and JCP&L territories and expand to Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland utilities in April 2006. Under the statewide program, electric customers who wish to pay a slight premium to encourage the development and expansion of renewable energy sources — like wind and solar — will be able to subscribe to the program and select from multiple clean power products and marketers, without having to switch their supplier. The average additional cost for customers will be between $7.00 and $20.00 per month, depending on the product chosen and the amount of electricity a homeowner uses. Each choice offers a slightly different mix of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, low-impact hydro or landfill gas. “The Clean Power Choice Program is a significant step towards a brighter energy future in New Jersey,” said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey, who recently designated October as “Clean Energy Month” in New Jersey. “Given the state of today’s natural gas market, an emphasis on clean energy initiatives and energy efficient solutions is more important than ever and giving Garden State ratepayers the option of helping to support clean power alternatives is a valuable and worthwhile initiative.” 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 PSEG; JCP&L; Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland; clean power suppliers include Green Mountain Energy; Community Energy; Sterling Planet; and Jersey-Atlantic Wind, LLC. “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 and price of natural gas,” said NJBPU President Jeanne M. Fox. “The Clean Power Choice Program is an exciting new program that allows consumers to decide which energy sources are right for them.”
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