New Jersey electric

Residential customers who receive their monthly electric bill from JCPL can find savings above 10% by taking the time to shop and compare electricity rates in the competitive NJ energy market. The New Jersey Electric Choice and Competition act is providing power options for both residential and commercial customers. There are variety of options in the New Jersey competitive market. Customers can choose to lock in a fixed rate for savings and price certainty, or they can choose a variable rate with the option to switch suppliers at any time. Green power options are also being offered because of the NJ Electric Choice act.

Having the power to shop power companies is still a new idea to most electricity customers in New Jersey. Less than 8% of JCPL residential customers have switched electric suppliers despite competitive rates that are more than 10% lower than JCPL residential default rates. New Jersey is hoping that their electricity market matures like the Texas market did over the last decade. In Texas, Houston energy customers can choose between over twenty electric companies and over 50 electric rate offers.

The default rates offered by JCPL are generation supply rates that JCPL charges to customers who have not participated in energy choice. These rates are determined by a series of auctions that begin three years prior to the current current year. In other words, default rates being offered in 2011 are determined by auctions that occurred in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Switching electric companies does not end the customer relationship with JCPL. JCPL remains the electricity delivery company for all of their customers regardless of which competitive electricity generation supply company is chosen.


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Residential customers who are serviced by Atlantic City Electric can currently save up to 22.5% on their electric bills. This is a result of the New Jersey Electricity Choice and Competition Act that went into effect in 2003.

Savings above 10% are available for the first time for Atlantic City Electric customers because retail electric rates in the competitive market are lower than current Atlantic City Electric default rates, also called Basic Generation Service (BGS) rates.

When an Atlantic City Electric customer chooses an alternative electric supplier, they will continue to receive their bill from Atlantic City Electric, who remains the customer’s electricity delivery company and who is still responsible for the maintenance and management of the lines and wires throughout the southern New Jersey Electricity grid.

See offers from competitive New Jersey Electricity Companies Below:


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New Jersey electric customers have more rate options than ever before.  The four local utilities – PSE&G, JCP&L, Atlantic City Electric, Rockland Electric – all have default electric rates that are higher than competitive market rates for power.

Despite this opportunity for savings, only 3.3% (as of September 2010) of all New Jersey customers have switched away from default service on to lower rate structures.  Larger businesses have been quicker to switch as the Board of Public Utilities in New Jersey reports about 72% of the states largest customers (those using above 10o0 KW demand) have contracted out with alternative suppliers.

The consumers who can really benefit from electricity deregulation in NJ are the small business and residential customers.  The switch rate with these classes are extremely low.  Though New Jersey has had a deregulated electricity market for several years now, there has only been real savings opportunities available over the last 20 months or so.  NJ Electricity choice is still a new idea for many NJ residents.

What people in New Jersey should understand is that their local utility company is no longer responsible for their supply charges.  The utility companies, such as PSE&G and JCP&L, want their customers to shop for lower electric rates.  They do not profit off of the default service that they offer to customers who do not shop.  The utility companies are now soley in the business of delivering power.

We have found that most small businesses in New Jersey can expect to see savings between 10-20% if they take the time to shop the electricity market and compare prices.  Residential customers, depending on their utility, can see savings between 5-15%.

ElectricityWatch recommends customers look for electric prices that are fixed.
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Lower electric rates are available for Atlantic City Electric (ACE) customers who are on the utility’s default price to compare rate.  Commercial and industrial electric customers can save a modest 10-15% off their current rates by signing a fixed contract rate with a competitive alternative electric provider.

Depending on the rate class and usage patterns, ACE business customers are currently paying a default rate between 10.77-12.15 cents per KWh http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/business/choice/nj/compare/.

Competitive rates in the region are being locked in for 12-36 month terms at rates as low as 9.7 cents per KWh.  Shorter term contracts are also available for those consumers who want to save money right away in the summer, but wish to wait and see where the long term default rates are heading.

South New Jersey electric customers can save money on their electricity bills by getting off of the high default rates and shopping the competitive market.

Contact us for more information about electricity deregulation.

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JCPL Summer Rate Savings

June 3, 2010

On June 1, new summer default rates went into effect for all New Jersey customer s being serviced by JCPL (Jersey Central Power & Light) who are still on the utility’s price to compare default rate. While residential competitive electric providers remain limited in the state, there are roughly two dozen competitive electric suppliers offering […]

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NJ Default Rates will Decrease in 2010, Greater Savings Available for Shoppers

May 5, 2010

Electric rates will decrease for the second year in a row for New Jersey electric consumers who are on default service (i.e. have not shopped for a competitive supplier).  However, despite the decrease, greater savings are still available for these default service commercial and industrial customers if they decide to shop the competitive market for […]

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Savings for Atlantic City Electric Customers

April 27, 2010

Southern New Jersey commercial and industrial customers can now see significant savings on their electric bills if they choose to shop the competitive market for an alternative supplier.  Savings as much as 22% off of the basic generation service default rates have been achieved for many businesses. Many customers on the MGS and AGS rate […]

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