Despite the President’s public outcry against renewable energy, a poll conducted by Monmouth University shows New Jersey residents are still strongly in favor of offshore wind energy development. Over three-quarters, (76%) of NJ residents say they are in favor of offshore wind energy development while only 15% are opposed.

Nearly half say that wind energy development should be a major priority for the state in the coming decade. Support for wind farms decreases, though, if electricity rates were to go up because of a greater investment in wind energy.

“This could be tricky for clean energy advocates.  Support for wind energy could drop once New Jersey ratepayers become aware of any development costs they will have to bear.  However, they could become more willing to shoulder some of that investment if they are convinced it will lead to real environmental benefits,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Very few (19%) New Jersey residents believe that electricity rates would be higher in 10 years if they install offshore wind farms while 35% believe they will be lower in 10 years and another 35% believe they will stay the same. There is a similar split by age: 53% of those aged 18 to 34 would favor offshore wind farm development while 36% of those aged 35 to 54 and 35% of people 55 and older would favor it.

The Monmouth University Poll also finds that New Jerseyans are not enthusiastic about some other possible options to meet the state’s energy needs. Just 3-in-10 Garden State residents (30%) favor drilling for oil and gas off the state’s coast while twice as many (61%) oppose it.

Expanding nuclear power is also not a popular option in New Jersey. Only one-quarter of New Jerseyans (26%) would favor building another nuclear power plant in the state while two-thirds (67%) would oppose it.

“There seems to be a recognition that the long-term economic and environmental benefits of investing in clean, renewable energy sources outweigh any short-term costs. At the same time, New Jerseyans no longer seem willing to accept the environmental risks of offshore drilling and nuclear power as a price for lowering their energy costs,” said MacDonald of the Urban Coast Institute.

New Jersey passed legislation in 1999 to deregulate their energy market in another attempt to lower electricity prices for their residents. Today, many NJ residents are able to find savings by switching their electricity supply rate off their utility to a 3rd party provider. Here are some of the NJ utility areas where there are savings.

New Jersey

Price to Compare 10.24¢

The electricity utility's price for electricity supply expressed as a price per kWh, to be used to contrast prices with competitive suppliers.

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ProviderPlan NameLengthRate Per kWhSign Up
Verde
Clean Power 24
24 Mo.9.59¢
Save 7%
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Constellation
9 Month Home Power Plan
9 Mo.9.69¢
Save 6%
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Verde
Clean Power 12
12 Mo.9.69¢
Save 6%
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Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed
12 Mo.9.89¢
Save 4%
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Constellation
36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug
36 Mo.10.09¢
Save 2%
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PlanRate Per kWh
Verde
Clean Power 24

24 Months
9.59¢
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Constellation
9 Month Home Power Plan

9 Months
9.69¢
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Verde
Clean Power 12

12 Months
9.69¢
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Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed

12 Months
9.89¢
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Constellation
36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug

36 Months
10.09¢
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New Jersey
Best Electricity Rates
ProviderPlan NameLengthRate Per kWhSign Up
Verde
Clean Power 24
24 Mo.9.69¢
Save 1%
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Verde
Clean Power 12
12 Mo.9.79¢Select
Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed
12 Mo.9.88¢Select
Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan
36 Mo.9.99¢Select
Constellation
36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug
36 Mo.9.99¢Select
PlanRate Per kWh
Verde
Clean Power 24

24 Months
9.69¢
Select
Verde
Clean Power 12

12 Months
9.79¢
Select
Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed

12 Months
9.88¢
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Constellation
36 Month Home Power Plan

36 Months
9.99¢
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Constellation
36 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug

36 Months
9.99¢
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  • 100% Renewable Sources
  • Smart Home System Included
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New Jersey

Price to Compare 13.44¢

The electricity utility's price for electricity supply expressed as a price per kWh, to be used to contrast prices with competitive suppliers.

Best Electricity Rates
ProviderPlan NameLengthRate Per kWhSign Up
Constellation
9 Month Home Power Plan
9 Mo.12.79¢
Save 5%
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Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed
12 Mo.13.48¢Select
Constellation
12 Month Home Power Plan
12 Mo.13.89¢Select
Constellation
24 Month Home Power Plan
24 Mo.13.99¢Select
Constellation
24 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug
24 Mo.13.99¢Select
PlanRate Per kWh
Constellation
9 Month Home Power Plan

9 Months
12.79¢
Select
Tomorrow Energy
12 Month Fixed

12 Months
13.48¢
Select
Constellation
12 Month Home Power Plan

12 Months
13.89¢
Select
Constellation
24 Month Home Power Plan

24 Months
13.99¢
Select
Constellation
24 Month Electricity Plan PowerPlug

24 Months
13.99¢
Select
  • 100% Renewable Sources
  • Smart Home System Included
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The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from February 8 to 10, 2019 with 604 New Jersey adults.  The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.  Carolyn Lau, Research Associate at the Polling Institute, contributed to the analysis in this report.