February 2003 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved the results of a sealed bid process to secure 200 MW of green energy to meet the electric demands of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) residential customers who have not selected an alternative supplier in the state's competitive electricity market. This will be the first time that customers have the option of choosing cleaner energy as part of Basic Generation Service (BGS). There will be no difference in the price paid by those who choose to take part in the Green Pilot Program and other residential customers with BGS service. The power will be supplied by FirstEnergy Solutions Corporation.
To qualify as "green" for the bidding process, at least 9.75% of the energy provided must come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or biomass, which is three times the level that retail companies must currently meet under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Customers will have the option of opting into the pilot program. If too few customers choose to participate, JCP&L will assign them on a random basis. The 150,000 residential customers who can participate in the pilot program represent approximately 7% of JCP&L's total BGS fixed-price load.
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