MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee, as lead agent for the Sustainable Essex Alliance (“SEA”), voted on April 2 to buy electrical power from Direct Energy LLC, an alternative electrical supplier to PSE&G.

In partnership, SEA member communities Maplewood, South Orange, Verona, Glen Ridge and Montclair combined their purchasing power to net a contract for electricity supply resulting in an individual household savings of $100 per year.

There are approximately 36,000 households serviced by PSE&G in these SEA member communities. Roughly 40 percent of that electricity will be purchased with renewable energy credits, about twice the current amount required of PSE&G.

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Participating residents can also look forward to help navigating energy efficiency opportunities for their homes as part of the program, thereby saving more money and reducing their environmental impact.

“Our combined populations gave us an advantage in negotiating for cheaper and greener electrical power. Utility cost-savings for our residents and greener energy for our planet is an outcome we are very proud of,” said Maplewood’s Mayor Victor DeLuca, an early and enthusiastic supporter of this initiative.

“We are so proud to be on the cutting edge of government energy aggregation, and proud to represent like-minded communities in this effort. It is incumbent on local officials to do their part to stem the disastrous effects of climate change,” DeLuca said.