Want to save money on your electricity bill and support a clean, healthy environment at the same time?
Piscataway has an opportunity to do this in the November election.
- Save you money on your electricity bill
- Improve air quality
- Protect a healthy environment for our families
Right next door, New Brunswick has established its own community choice energy program. Thanks to the power of bulk purchasing, residents are now saving over $100 per year on their electricity bills, using clean energy instead of polluting fossil fuels, and with no change to their utility service and delivery from PSE&G.
Recently, the Piscataway Council passed an ordinance that would create an energy aggregation program, but it does not have any clean energy requirements. Voting yes on November 5th will strengthen that program with 100% renewable energy sources.
ON NOVEMBER 5 : VOTE YES FOR COMMUNITY CHOICE CLEAN ENERGY!
What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
These are programs that allow residents in a community to take control of the kinds of electricity purchased by their local utility. It does not affect the ownership of power plants or the electrical grid. A CCA program uses bulk buying – similar to going to Costco – to deliver greater savings to residents.
The Government Energy Aggregation Act of 2003 makes these bulk-buying arrangements possible.There are already many CCA programs in communities across the state.
Why 100% Renewable?
The type of power we use has a lot to do with climate change: Electricity that comes from burning coal or gas releases harmful emissions that are warming the planet. And the plants burning these fuels also create serious air pollution problems for our New Jersey communities.
Much of New Jersey, including Middlesex County, is graded an “F” for ozone pollution by the American Lung Association. Ozone pollution is especially harmful for children, older adults and those with asthma and other lung diseases. Affected individuals who breathe ozone-polluted air often end up in the doctor’s office, the hospital or the emergency room. One of the main drivers of ozone pollution is the combustion of fossil fuels. By voting YES, we can be sure that our electricity comes from non-polluting sources of energy like solar and wind.
Will this require me to install solar panels or any new equipment in my home in order to choose clean energy?
No. This program does not require you to buy new equipment, install new meters, or change how you pay your electricity bill.
If I have a maintenance, billing or customer service issue under this new program, who do I contact for support?
All of those issues will still be handled by your current provider PSE&G.
Will it cost more?
No. Communities that have made the switch to bulk-buying are saving money every month. New Brunswick residents are on track to save about $100 per year on their electricity bills. West Orange has saved a total of $3 million with energy aggregation and are on track to achieve 100 percent renewable this year. Livingston is projected to save over $1 million during its next 16 month contract; households in the 100 percent renewable program will save over $150 per year over that time frame. And five towns in Essex County are part of the same community choice plan, with one town (Maplewood) seeing savings of over $1 million over 17 months.
Community choice energy is a win for the environment, a win for a cleaner tomorrow, and a win for your pocketbook.
VOTE YES ON NOVEMBER 5!