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According to New Jersey Government Energy Aggregation (NJGEA):
Government Energy Aggregation is a program that allows local governments in the Garden State to create a large buying group of residential and non-residential electricity accounts in order to seek bids for cheaper energy rates.
Customers served by New Jersey utilities Atlantic City Electric Company (AECO), Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), and Orange & Rockland (NJ Division: Rockland Electric Company, RECO) receive their power at a fixed rate, set annually via a series of energy auctions, and regulated by the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
By aggregating, or grouping, a large number of residential and non-residential accounts together, economies of scale are created. These economies of scale set conditions for participating municipalities to achieve greater savings during a competitive bid situation than could normally have been achieved by the individual customer.
The key benefit to Government Energy Aggregation is the ability for residential and non-residential account holders to save money on their electric bills. Based on current market conditions, individual accounts can potentially save 12% off of their entire bill, up to 17% or more off of the supply portion (only) of their bill.
A large portion of those savings will find their way back into local economies and benefit the entire community.