To the Editor:

Residents should be aware that the Piscataway Community Energy Aggregation (PCEA) Ordinance approved overwhelmingly by referendum last November means you can and should have the option to get immediately 100% of your electricity from clean, renewable sources (mainly wind and solar) at bulk rates.

At a recent Township Council meeting, Town Administrator Tim Dacey and at least one Council member stated that residents will have a 100% renewable option. That option will be included in the contract now being negotiated. The default option for residents will be 30% renewables at the onset. This is similar to what has happened in New Brunswick where residents are already getting the cost saving benefits of a clean energy aggregation program.

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It would be helpful if Piscataway officials provided up-front information to all residents, such as full public disclosure of the request-for-proposals (RFPs) sent out to alternative suppliers of green energy and all responses. Such information could be put on the Township website. That has not happened yet. 

Hopefully, the PCEA contracting process is being conducted fairly and efficiently -- and soon will be completed.

Hopefully also, the Township then will send out to all residents a clear statement of options and costs. 

Until then, we urge residents to be vigilant about getting locked into private contracts that might pre-empt their choices through PCEA. 

Allen Howard