Office of the Mayor
New Brunswick, New Jersey
For Immediate Release
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RenewableNB Program to Yield 50 Percent of Energy from
New Brunswick, N.J. May 13, 2019
- The City of New Brunswick is pleased to
announce the next phase of our renewableNB energy aggregation program, an
initiative that will source 50 percent of our electrical energy from renewable
sources, resulting in a cost savings to residents and a reduction in the carbon
footprint of our community.
On May 7, Direct Energy Services won a bid to provide third-party energy to the
City at a rate of .11386 cents per kilowatt hour for a 17-month contract. Through
this arrangement, residents will continue to receive power bills from PSE&G, but
will see a designation on their bill indicating the sourcing of their energy via Direct
Energy and the cost savings incurred per bill.
This will be the highest percentage of renewable energy use by any community
in the State of New Jersey, putting the City of New Brunswick five years ahead of
schedule in our plan to incorporate 100 percent renewable energy by the year
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this new plan to our residents,” said
Mayor Jim Cahill. “This plan lowers electrical costs for each enrolled resident,
while placing us five years ahead of schedule to increase our community’s
renewable energy use to 50 percent. It is a positive step in direct line with our
sustainability efforts while saving money for our residents and building a cleaner
Enrollment in this program is automatic for all residents, unless they opt out or
have already contracted with a third-party energy supplier.
Residents should note the following:
The City will NOT send any representatives out to residences regarding
this program claiming to be employed by the City or by Direct Energy
The City will NOT telephone residents to discuss enrollment, rates, or any
other matters pertaining to their power bill
NO fees will be charged to residents to enroll
Last week, all City of New Brunswick residents were sent a letter from Mayor
Cahill containing information about the program. A second letter will be mailed in
mid-May with more information about energy rates and next steps. The letter will
also contain information for any residents who may wish to opt out of the
A public information session regarding the program will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.
on Thursday, June 6 in Council Chambers of City Hall, 78 Bayard Street.
The City of New Brunswick is the county seat for Middlesex County and home of
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the world headquarters for Johnson
& Johnson and two globally-renowned hospitals. New Brunswick is an
educationally-focused City as well as “The Healthcare City.”
All of New Brunswick’s developments provide seamless access to major
transportation lines and an extensive dining scene and an arts district, located in
its bustling downtown. The City is focused not only on bringing in new residents
and businesses, but also on improving the lives of every one of its residents.
For more information, please visit www.cityofnewbrunswick.org.