For Immediate Release
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Local residents and Food & Water Watch organizers delivered over 650 petition signatures from New Brunswick residents this afternoon in support of a new citywide community energy aggregation program that will allow residents and businesses to purchase 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2035.
Volunteers on the campaign have spent the past several months going door-to-door gathering signatures endorsing the initiative, which calls for the creation of the New Brunswick Community Energy Aggregation (NBCEA) program. This would enable the city to purchase energy at discounted bulk rates, and to set guidelines about the sources of electricity used by city residents. The program would be established in accordance with the Government Energy Aggregation Act, a state law enabling municipalities to set up these bulk purchasing arrangements.
The text of the ordinance cites the threat posed by climate change, as well as pollution generated by fossil fuel energy projects, as reasons for taking action. The City Council can now decide to pass the ordinance, or put the question to voters in the November election.
“There is no doubt that climate change poses a serious threat to the world, and it’s equally clear that the Trump White House will do little to protect us from climate calamity. That means we must take immediate action locally, which is exactly what we are doing,” said Junior Romero, a Central Jersey organizer with Food & Water Watch. “This is a win-win scenario: Residents will pay discounted rates for clean, renewable electricity, and they will be cutting air and climate pollution at the same time.”
The project has been spearheaded by the New Brunswick office of Food & Water Watch, a national advocacy organization. Legal support has been provided by the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center.