Renewable Energy Providers

Solar installation isn’t an option for everyone, but renters and homeowners alike can easily switch to a renewable energy provider.

Renewable energy providers offset your electricity use with renewable energy credits — commonly generated through wind and solar energy installations.

Please note that effective June 2020, most Princeton residents will automatically be opted into the Princeton Community Renewable Energy program. If you are a Princeton resident, please learn more about this opportunity on the Municipality’s webpage as well as our blog post.

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Princeton residents, if you received the PCRE program mailer from Mayor Lempert, review the FAQ and consider opting-up to 100% renewable energy. If you did not receive the letter, review our blog post and consider opting-in to the PCRE program.

On the other hand, if your municipality does not offer a community renewable energy aggregation program, please follow these steps to switch to a renewable energy provider:

  • Make it real. Ensure your provider is Green-e® certified. In the virtual world of energy, we recommend you engage providers who have met this stringent certification process.
  • Read your contract. Renewable energy plans vary. Many offer a fixed price for electricity per kilowatt-hour for a specified amount of time that can range from 1 to 12 months. Others offer variable rate plans, where the price of electricity per kilowatt-hour can change from month to month. Some include an early cancellation penalty. Before committing to a plan, read the contract carefully.
  • Check the source. If you want to invest in the local renewable energy infrastructure, find providers using energy from within our energy market (termed PJM).

Where does your electricity originate?

When you flip the lights on, do you know where that electricity originates? A coal plant in Kentucky or West Virginia? A gas-fired turbine in Illinois or a nuclear plant in New Jersey? A wind turbine in Pennsylvania? The answer is all of those and more.

The electricity provided through your outlets is actually a mixture of electrons from a variety of sources. New Jersey is a part of the PJM regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, from New Jersey to Illinois and south to Kentucky and Virginia.

Did you know?

  • Last year, approximately 3% of the electricity supplied by our utility was generated from renewable sources.
  • The majority of our utility’s electricity supply was from nuclear (48%), natural gas (25%) and coal (24%).

Check out the Climate Action Plan.

  • That’s a lotta watts. Princeton’s electricity use accounts for 24% of our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Learn more. The Princeton Climate Action Plan (CAP) identified multiple strategies to reduce emissions from our energy use and increase the supply of affordable, renewable energy.
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