What is Community Energy Aggregation (CEA)?

Community Energy Aggregation is a State program that allows a municipality to conduct a “bulk purchase” of energy supply on behalf of its residents, at prices lower than the average utility price.  New Jersey regulations allow municipalities to take this approach to procure energy savings on your behalf, and to also obtain energy supply that has a higher renewable energy content than State-required minimum green energy content (currently a little over 20%). 

Gabel Associates was retained as the SEA R-GEA’s Energy Consultant, (at no cost to the Village), to assist with the implementation of the procurement process for a Third-Party Supplier to provide power supply to residents.

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1. What is Community Energy Aggregation (CEA)?
2. How the Community Energy Aggregation Came to Be
3. Who is Gabel Associates?
4. Who is Direct Energy Services?
5. How does the SEA R-GEA Program work?
6. Will I receive two bills?
7. Do I have to be part of the program?
8. Would I be able to Opt-In to the SEA R-GEA Program?
9. Will I still be able to receive budget billing (Equal Payment Plan)?
10. Why is the program set as an opt-out program, rather than an opt-in program?
11. What about power outages?
12. What if I have a solar panel system?
13. Will the LIHEAP and Lifeline benefit programs for low income residents still apply if I participate in the SEA R-GEA?
14. Is There any Impact on My ‘Worry-Free’ Appliance Repair Contract with PSE&G?
15. From Where does the SEA R-GEA Supplier Source the Renewable Energy Being Supplied?
16. What are Renewable Energy Certificates and Why are they Used to Satisfy the Renewable Energy Requirements of the Program?