We are pleased to announce that the Township of Maplewood, in cooperation with several neighboring Essex County municipalities, has recently awarded a contract for the Sustainable Essex Alliance Renewable Government Energy Aggregation (“SEA R-GEA”) program. Under this contract with Direct Energy Services (“Direct Energy”), Township residents in PSE&G territory have the opportunity to save money on their electric bills while receiving power supply that has nearly double the renewable energy content (about 41% in total) of the standard power supply product currently provided by PSE&G! Residents are not obligated to participate in the program and may ‘opt-out’ if you so choose. Eligible residents will be receiving a package in the mail from Direct Energy in early May 2019 providing program details. Provided below is a program description.
For residents located in PSE&G territory seeking additional information, the Township has arranged a Public Information Session to be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, located at 574 Valley St., Maplewood Township, NJ. The Township’s energy consultant, Gabel Associates, will be making a presentation after which, the session will be opened up to questions from residents
What is Community Energy Aggregation (CEA)?
Community Energy Aggregation is a State program that allows a municipality to conduct a “bulk purchase” of energy supply on behalf of its residents, at prices lower than the average utility price. New Jersey regulations allow municipalities to take this approach to procure energy savings on your behalf, and to also obtain energy supply that has a higher renewable energy content than State-required minimum green energy content (currently a little over 20%).
How the Community Energy Aggregation Came to Be
In March 2018, the Township passed Ordinance # 2899-19, authorizing a Government Energy Aggregation (“GEA”) program in Maplewood. Under New Jersey’s GEA law, municipalities can aggregate their residents’ electric accounts together in a single buying pool to test the market in an attempt to obtain electric power supply at a lower price than offered by the electric utility. In addition, a GEA program allows a municipality the option of seeking power supply with a higher renewable energy content than offered through the utility’s ‘default supply’ service. To create even greater purchasing power in the marketplace, the Township also formed the Sustainable Essex Alliance Energy Procurement Cooperative (“SEAEPC”) in conjunction with several other Essex County municipalities, with the aim of using joint purchasing to obtain the best possible price for renewable energy supply, in furtherance of our sustainability goals and our commitment to reduce the Township’s carbon footprint. The participating Essex County municipalities, which include Maplewood, Glen Ridge, Montclair, South Orange and Verona, jointly named the program the Sustainable Essex Alliance Renewable Government Energy Aggregation, or ‘SEA R-GEA.’
Who is Gabel Associates?
Who is Direct Energy Services?
Direct Energy Services (BPU License # ESL-0078)
Toll Free Telephone Number: 1-866-968-8065
Address: P.O. Box 180, Tulsa, OK 74101
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the SEA R-GEA Program work?
Even after an electric account is enrolled, residents remain free to opt-out of the program at any time during the contract. Participation in the SEA R-GEA Program is 100% optional. There are no any fees or penalties if you decide to opt-out.