Sustainable Essex Alliance (SEA)
Q: What is happening with the town's energy program?
A: In July 2019, the Borough of Glen Ridge joined with four other municipalities (known as Sustainable Essex Alliance, or SEA) to purchase cheaper and greener energy for our residents. Our 17-month contract with Direct Energy ends in December 2020. We are happy to report that the aggregate savings from all Glen Ridge residents that participated in the program was $192,000 in the first 12 months of our contract. SEA has now grown to seven towns (with Montclair, Maplewood, South Orange, Verona, Glen Rock, and Livingston) for a total of 120,000 households. SEA successfully negotiated a new contract with Energy Harbor, starting March 2021. In the interim two months, energy supply will automatically default to PSE&G.
Q: I am bombarded by calls and emails from PSE&G and various energy companies. What should I do?
A: Nothing! SEA has done all the work for you. PSE&G is simply informing you that they will provide our electric and gas during the period of two months between our green energy contracts. You can disregard communications from all other suppliers.
Q: Will there be any disruption to my service?
A: None whatsoever. PSE&G will remain our energy distributor and will continue to serve our community regardless of our contracted energy supplier.
Q: Will this affect my bill?
A: No. Your bill, like your service, will continue to come from PSE&G regardless of our contracted supplier. SEA negotiated a rate of $.12830/kwh, which is both cheaper and greener than the current average supply (Basic Generation Service tariff price) of PSE&G.
The full announcement from the Borough can be found at Glen Ridge Borough - Energy Aggregation SEA) Update.
Thank you to the mayor, council, and borough administration for their tireless work and cooperation with the other six municipalities to bring cheaper, greener energy to our community.