[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of East Brunswick 11-3-2020 by Ord. No. 20-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The East Brunswick Township (Township) hereby establishes a Community Energy Aggregation Program for residential and nonresidential customers, in accordance with the provisions of the Government Energy Aggregation Act, N.J.S.A. 48:3-93.1 et seq., and the rules promulgated thereunder, N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.1 et seq.
The Township shall be the lead agency, and any agreements entered into in connection with the Community Energy Aggregation Program by authorized personnel shall be subject to review by the Township.
The Mayor of East Brunswick Township (Mayor) shall be and is authorized to execute, and the Clerk to attest to the execution of, an Electric Distribution Aggregation Agreement, in a form acceptable to the Township, with PSE&G.
Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Government Energy Aggregation Act and the rules promulgated thereunder, and specifically N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.2, the Township shall oversee the Community Energy Aggregation Program (CEA) as lead agency and, in that capacity, and consistent with applicable rules, shall solicit requests for proposals for electric generation service and energy aggregation services on behalf of the Township's residents and businesses. The Mayor may execute and enter into a contract for such services, subject to § 26-3C through D, and provided that the lowest qualified bid price for electricity generation service is consistent with N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.9 and notice is provided to residential customers should the price exceed the benchmark price, as required by N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.9(g). Pursuant to the regulations of the Government Energy Aggregation Act, a public notice of the CEA will be issued whereby nonresidential energy consumers may opt into the CEA and residential customers may opt out.
The CEA must be fully implemented within one year of the passage of this chapter. Request for proposals for electricity-generating services must state that no contract will be awarded unless it has an option for customers to opt up to 100% renewable electricity and a minimum percentage of renewable electricity for all program participants of:
Fifty percent from program inception through December 31, 2021;
Sixty percent from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023;
Seventy percent from January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2025;
Eighty percent from January 1, 2026, through December 31, 2027;
Ninety percent from January 1, 2028, through December 31, 2029; and
One hundred percent after December 31, 2029.
The renewable electricity attributes for the CEA should be sourced from within the region served by PJM to the maximum extent possible. The Mayor may not execute and enter into a contract for electricity-generating services unless it meets the renewable percentages specified in § 26-3C.
The Mayor may also execute a master performance agreement that obligates the participants in the CEA to purchase electricity at terms and conditions stated therein with a third-party supplier who has been awarded the contract by the Township on behalf of participating members of the CEA, and provided that such contract shall be at prices reasonably forecast and estimated by the Township to provide for basic generation service by PSE&G.