For Immediate Release
EDISON, NJ - The Edison Township Council voted unanimously tonight to approve an ordinance that will create a bold new municipal energy aggregation program.
The ordinance was advanced by local residents who worked with Food & Water Watch to collect almost 2,000 signatures in support of the program. The ordinance creates a new program allowing the municipality to purchase energy at discounted bulk rates, and to set guidelines about the sources of electricity used by township residents.
“I am very pleased to see Edison Township take its place in the forefront of environmental leadership,” said Edison resident Esther Barcun.
Food & Water Watch has played a key role in creating similar programs in New Brunswick and Piscataway, saving residents’ on their utility bills while expanding the use of clean, renewable energy. The successful campaign in Edison is especially notable, since it puts the fifth-largest township in New Jersey on the path to 100% clean energy by 2030.
"Community choice aggregation has worked well in other municipalities, and people have been happy with the results, said Edison resident John Hsu. “It's a good thing when the municipality leverages its collective purchasing power to reduce costs for the community."
A state law called the Faulkner Act gives residents of some municipalities the power to directly petition local governments to consider a specific ordinance. Once presented with that ordinance, a governing body can either pass it as presented, or put the question to voters to decide. Earlier this week, the East Brunswick council chose to put an energy aggregation ordinance to the voters in the November election.
Food & Water Watch is working in 15 municipalities to enact 100% renewable energy aggregation programs, including Edison, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, and Collingswood.
“Creating a clean energy aggregation program is a simple, effective step that municipalities can take right now to clean up air pollution and take real action to confront the climate crisis,” said Food & Water Watch Clean Energy Canvass Director Charlie Kratovil. “This is a huge win for grassroots democracy in Edison, and a big step forward in the fight to stop the climate crisis. We will keep helping to build local campaigns for clean, renewable energy across New Jersey.”