LIVINGSTON, NJ — After unanimously adopting an ordinance in September authorizing the establishment of a Livingston Energy Aggregation Program—which allows the township to consider energy aggregation as a means of cost savings—and hearing proposals from two companies over the last few months, the Livingston Township Council chose to move forward with one of the proposals on Monday.
The council intends to authorize GoodEnergy, a national residential, commercial, and industrial energy procurement consultant and broker, to conduct a study that will determine Livingston’s options and make a recommendation. According to Charles de Casteja, managing partner and director of sales for GoodEnergy, the assessment is free and the Livingston Township Council is under no obligation to proceed with the company’s recommendation.
Once the study is conducted, the township will consider whether the purchase is worth making and will discuss this information with the public prior to making any concrete decisions.
In the meantime, Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein said he was “interested in the green aspects” of this program as well as the potential savings.
“If we decide that the numbers don’t save money for us, then nothing ever moves forward,” said Klein. “But if the energy rates are at a good place, we don’t want to lollygag.”
After hearing from two companies, the council chose GoodEnergy based on the quality of its presentation on Sept. 13 as well as statistics from other communities that are using this program.
Casteja said that what sets GoodEnergy apart from other companies is that it has been operating these program in the United States for 10 years with a very high renewal rate. He also said the GoodEnergy staff is extremely dedicated, not only in New Jersey but across the country as well.
“We borrow the best practices from all the states we’re in and we have more leverage with the suppliers than anyone,” said Casteja. “Because of these programs, we’re their largest clients.”
According to GoodEnergy’s mission statement, “community energy aggregation and smart commercial and industrial energy procurement lead to tremendous cost savings to energy users.”
“These savings amount to many millions of dollars remaining in local communities and on the balance sheets of the enterprises we serve,” it states. “Done well, community energy aggregation and smart buying strategies for commercial and industrial energy users, coupled with aggressive negotiation with energy suppliers, yield massive economic benefit to our customers.”
The council emphasized that there is no risk in launching the Livingston Energy Aggregation Program and that there is currently no cost to the township for the initial analysis.
To learn more about GoodEnergy through its website, click HERE.