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Energy customers in New Jersey are given a variety of  options when in comes to their energy purchasing decisions.  New Jersey is leading the country in clean energy initiatives with the NJ Clean Energy Program which provides rebates and promotions for consumers looking to purchase energy efficient hardware.  The program also promotes the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind and provides financial assistance for consumers and businesses who invest in solar energy systems.

NJ Energy customers have also seen the benefits of an energy choice market where customers are able to shop for competitive electricity and natural gas rates.  Many energy consumers in New Jersey have not used NJ Energy Choice to their advantage because of an unfamiliarity to the program.  Natural gas customers who have not shopped pay a default rate with their utility which is based largely on market price.  In this sense the decision to purchase competitive natural gas is a decision of price protection and certainty; savings versus the default rates cannot be guaranteed because they change on a monthly basis.

On the contrary, utility default electric rates are set for one year at a time, and the default rates for the following year can be estimated within a tight range since a large percentage of that energy is purchased in advance for default rate paying customers.  These buying strategies present opportunities for NJ electricity customers to save money on their electric bills if they find competitive electric rates that are lower than the default rates.  Many electric suppliers in New Jersey are offering electricity prices that will save customers money.  Business customers in particular have big opportunities to save money.  Many small businesses in New Jersey have not chosen a competitive electricity supplier because they do not fully understand their electric bill.

New Jersey electricity customers, both residential and business, can use electric choice information sites to understand energy competition and electricity rate structures so that they can maximize their energy savings.



Rockland Electric delivers electricity to just under 63,000 residences in northern New Jersey.  Though electricity choice has existed in New Jersey for several years, competitive electricity companies have just recently started offering competitive electricity rates in the Rockland Electric area.

Though, as of December 2010, only 1.8 percent of the residential customers have chosen an alternative electric supplier, Rockland Electric residential customers can save as much as 18% versus the Rockland default rates.  Rockland Electric offers default electricity rates for those customers who do not shop and compare electricity offers.

People have been slow to shop the competitive energy market in the area mostly because they are unaware of their choices.  Of the four incumbent electricity utility companies in New Jersey, Rockland Electric is by far the smallest.  Because of this, the competitive electricity suppliers are focusing more of their marketing efforts on the bigger utility areas of PSEG and JCPL, even though the greatest savings opportunities currently exist for Rockland customers.

It is expected that more and more Rockland Electric customers will shop for lower rates in 2011 as they become more familiar with their electricity choice options.

Rockland Electric Price to Compare – $0.1215
MxEnergy $0.097 /Kwh 20% Savings
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