The Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (ACES) has worked for more than 15 years to purchase electricity and natural gas at discounted prices for New Jersey’s schools.
Just in the last five years, from fiscal year 2011 through fiscal year 2016, which ended June 30, 2016, participating school districts saved $178 million in energy costs. A total of 412 participating districts saved $160 million in electricity purchases, for an average of $390,000 per district; while 357 districts saved $18 million on natural gas purchases, for an average of $43,000 per district.
These types of savings were made possible beginning in 1999 when New Jersey deregulated its energy sector with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act. The law restructured the electric and natural gas industries, and allowed consumers the freedom to choose their supplier. The New Jersey School Boards Association, along with its partners, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, created ACES. ACES buys in bulk, and passes on the savings to New Jersey’s school districts, and, by extension, the state’s taxpayers.
Today ACES is the largest energy aggregation program in the state, with unmatched experience and unrivalled buying power and service.
ACES also offers members the ACESPlus service. Districts are encouraged to take advantage of a free district energy assessment, which can help identify other potential avenues for energy savings.
ACESPlus helps members navigate the complex financial, technical and procurement issues that can be obstacles to implementing comprehensive energy upgrades.
To find out more about the savings and services available from ACES and ACES Plus, please contact Carol Friedman at (732) 296-0770 or via email.