Mayor, Deputy Mayor Testify In Favor of Energy Cloud Proposal

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During the October 5 meeting of the Township Council, a representative for PSE&G asked the Council to support its Energy Cloud filing, a program that would let the company know when there are outages without having to get calls from customers. By sending a “ping” to homes to see ifpower is working, the length of outages would b e shortened, particularly for smaller outages that the company may not be immediately aware of. The representative explained that the radio frequency used for the “pings” are 800 times less powerful than tho se used by cell phones. Residents may also opt out of the program should they choose.

As a result ofthe discussion, mayor Rudy Fernandez and deputy major Shawn Klein testified at a hearing before the Board of Public Utilities in support of the proposal. The following is the joint statement they made to the Board.

In Livingston, energy use has been a priority for our Council and our residents. In 2019, we became the eighth municipality in the United States to arrange 100% locally produced green energy for the majority of our 30,000 residents. We did this as part of an ambitious energy aggregation plan in which we went out to bid in the open market for qualified third party suppliers. In doing so, we saved our residents significant money and dramatically shrank their carbon footprints. Livingston has served as a model for many other towns.



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