New in August 2020
UPDATE: August 2020
The original LCEA contracts are ending.
Residents currently participating in the LCEA program will be transitioned back to utility-provided power supply effective September 2020 (JCP&L territory) and October 2020 (PSE&G territory), while the Township continues to test the market for another opportunity to procure greener and cheaper power supply for its residents. Please note that there will be no interruption in electricity service to your home due to this change.
Summary: The Township of Livingston launched a new program in 2019, called the Livingston Community Energy Aggregation (“LCEA”), with the goal of obtaining power supply with higher renewable energy content and at a lower price than power supply provided by the local electric utility. The Township’s contracts with Constellation New Energy (participating residents in JCP&L territory) and Direct Energy Services (participating residents in PSE&G territory) under Round 1 of the LCEA program will be coming to an end in September 2020 and October 2020, respectively. The Township recently went back out to bid for new contracts for a Round 2 of the program; however, based upon the bid results and current market conditions the Township determined that, at least temporarily, power supply provided by the utility is the best option.
Livingston provided an update on the Livingston Community Energy Aggregation (LCEA Program) in March 2020. A press release (PDF) with a summary of the program and more information about comparing costs was published as an article in the March 5, 2020 issue of the West Essex Tribune.
In the same issue, a letter from the Township appeared as a half-page advertisement (PDF) in order to provide PSE&G customers with information about understanding their electric bill and about the announced increase in PSE&G Transmission Tariff. This increase affects all PSE&G customers, whether they have remained with the LCEA Program or opted out.
About the Energy Aggregation Program
Energy deregulation in New Jersey allows customers to choose their electricity and natural gas suppliers. This provides customers with a choice of competitive energy suppliers, while the delivery, transmission, and distribution of power remains the responsibility of the current, local, regulated power company, and service reliability remains steady.
When more people take advantage of deregulation, the marketplace responds accordingly. Almost all consumers in deregulated markets can benefit from lower electricity and natural gas prices. However, switching energy providers to save money can be complex.
The Township of Livingston is working with outside energy consultant Gabel Associates, which is assisting with the Livingston Community Energy Aggregation (LCEA) Program.
For more on how government energy aggregation works, visit the NJGEA website.