LIVINGSTON, NJ — A virtual public meeting to discuss the inception of a renewable energy program that has become available for Livingston’s PSE&G customers through the township's involvement in the Sustainable Essex Alliance Renewable Government Energy Aggregation (SEA R-GEA) program will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, via Zoom and Facebook.
Energy use has been a priority for the Livingston Township Council for many years. In 2019, the Township of Livingston became the eighth municipality in the United States to arrange 100% locally produced green energy for the majority of Livingston residents as part of what current mayor Shawn Klein and former mayor Rudy Fernandez have jointly described as “an ambitious energy aggregation plan in which [the council] went out to bid in the open market for qualified third party suppliers.” In doing so, the council saved residents “significant money and dramatically shrank their carbon footprints.”
“Livingston is always looking for ways to use new technologies to improve the lives of our residents and make day-to-day living easier and better,” they said, adding that Livingston has served as a model for many other towns in its efforts toward achieving energy efficiency and protecting the environment. “There is no cleaner energy then the energy you don’t use…It is time that New Jersey residents have access to proven technologies that will improve their service and their lives.”
Although New Jersey regulations require all PSE&G customers to be automatically enrolled in this program unless they already have a third-party supplier or utilize solar power, Livingston residents are not obligated to participate in the new program and will be able to “opt out” at any time. It should be noted that all PSE&G resident should have received an “opt-out” card with in the informational packet that was recently distributed to them via mail.
According to the township, energy deregulation in New Jersey allows customers to choose their electricity and natural gas suppliers, providing customers with a choice of competitive energy suppliers. However, the delivery, transmission and distribution of power remain the responsibility of the current, local, regulated power company, and service reliability remains steady.
When more people take advantage of deregulation, the marketplace responds accordingly. According to the township, almost all consumers in deregulated markets can benefit from lower electricity and natural gas prices, but switching energy providers to save money can be complex. Tuesday’s meeting is being held to provide clarity about the new program and answer any questions that Livingston residents may have.
Webinar ID: 872 2056 3273
During the panel discussion, the public may attend telephonically using one of the following numbers:
- (301) 715-8592
- (312) 626-6799
- (646) 558-8656
- (253) 215-8782
- (346) 248-7799
- (669) 900-9128
A full copy of the slides that will be presented during Tuesday’s meeting can be found HERE.
The Township of Livingston is working with outside energy consultant Gabel Associates, which is assisting with the SEA R-GEA program. For more on how government energy aggregation works, visit the NJGEA website.
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