• ACE and JCP&L Launch Program to Support New Solar Energy Projects in New Jersey

    Jul 30, 2009

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. – As part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ effort to support building new solar energy projects in New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric (ACE) and Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) are conducting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). 

    “By entering into long-term agreements to purchase SRECs, we hope to provide a strong financial incentive for increased investment in solar power projects throughout New Jersey,” said John Paganie, vice president, Customer Service & Energy Efficiency, FirstEnergy, the parent company of JCP&L.  “In addition, purchasing SRECs also helps us meet the state’s renewable energy requirements.”  

    “This utility partnership for growing the number of solar renewable energy projects in New Jersey is a testament to our commitment to finding cleaner sources of energy,” said Vince Maione, President, Atlantic City Electric Region. 

    ACE and JCP&L established a Web site –  www.njedcsolar.com – to provide bidders with a central source of documents, data and other information for the RFP process.  The RFP manager is NERA Economic Consulting, a global consulting firm with expertise in energy markets and procurement. 

    One SREC represents the solar renewable energy attributes of one megawatt-hour of generation from a solar generating facility that has been certified by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Office of Clean Energy. 

    The RFP process was established to help create long-term agreements to purchase and sell SRECs to provide a stable basis for financing new solar generation projects in the companies’ service areas.  A total of 61 megawatts of solar generating capacity – 19 for ACE and 42 for JCP&L – will be solicited to help meet New Jersey Renewable Portfolio Standards.  The solicitations will take place over the next three years.

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    Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 545,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

    JCP&L, a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.

    NERA Economic Consulting (www.nera.com) is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges.  For nearly half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations.  With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from over 20 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

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    About PHI: Pepco Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., delivers electricity and natural gas to about 1.9 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New Jersey, through its subsidiaries Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.  PHI also provides competitive wholesale generation services through Conectiv Energy and retail energy products and services through Pepco Energy Services.

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