March 2005 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved a voluntary program that will give the state's retail electricity customers the option of signing up for "green energy" on their utility bills. Under the statewide program, electric customers will be able to subscribe to the program and select from multiple green power products and marketers without having to switch their supplier.
The New Jersey Green Power Choice Program will be the first statewide program of its kind where multiple utilities and green power marketers will participate in a joint effort with the state to give consumers access to the regional market for renewable energy. Each customer who decides to participate in the voluntary program will pay an amount that is determined by their mix of "green power" selected from their power supplier. Green power sold in the program must be sourced from renewable energy that is not otherwise used to meet a statutory requirement, such as a renewable portfolio standard.
The NJBPU's Office of Clean Energy will oversee and administer the program and ensure that relevant New Jersey consumer protection rules and procedures are followed. The program will be available later this year after the utility companies make the necessary changes to their billing and information systems.
News Release - Statewide Green Power Choice Program Approved
Additional Information - NJBPU Order Establishing a Statewide Green Power Choice Program (PDF 13.6 MB)
NJBPU Contact: Eliot Mizrachi (973) 648-7691