In partnership with its citizens, Newark is striving to become a more sustainable community, one which meets the needs of its present inhabitants while preserving for future generations the finite local and global resources and our natural environment.
While our current distributed electricity mix is 18.5% renewable, City residents and businesses have shown consistent support for including renewable resources in the rest of our power supply mix — even if such resources are more expensive than non-renewable power sources. Customers wanting to help the City reach its sustainability goals early can do so directly through our Renewable Energy Program and complete the Renewable Energy Program opt-in/opt-out form to voluntarily enroll.
There is a default hierarchy of preference for where to source renewable energy under this program. The current list, in descending order of preference, is:
- Generation from City of Newark owned assets
- Generation from DEMEC member communities
- Generation from Delaware municipalities
- Generation from within the State of Delaware, including its coastal waters
- Generation from within the States of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, including the coastal waters of each state.
- Generation from within the PJM Market
- Other grid-interconnected sources
Purchases will be generally made in alignment with the above order of preference while also taking into consideration market prices for renewables.
Effective May 27, 2021, the Renewable Energy Rate will be $0.015 per kWh.