Electrical Aggregation Soon Becoming Reality in Beach Haven

Mar 14, 2018

Beach Haven borough has taken the next step for joining an energy aggregation program by adopting an ordinance Monday night to authorize the move in which the municipality would purchase electricity in bulk from a competitive supplier on behalf of the residents in the community.

During a presentation, Stacia Scaduto of Commercial Utilities Consultants Inc. said homeowners could save between 10 and 18 percent on a portion of their bills from Atlantic City Electric. She said customer participation would be voluntary.

“The municipality will provide customers an opportunity to opt out of participating in a municipal aggregation program,” she said. “Customers who do not opt out will be automatically enrolled in the aggregation program, but may opt out at any time after that if they would feel more comfortable staying with Atlantic City Electric.”

Scaduto said ACE would continue to provide electric transmission and distribution service to participating customers.

“The local utility will continue to handle the account, addressing any outages and maintaining service,” she said. “The only change is the billing and cost of the energy provided, which would be the responsibility of    another company. But except for the lower numbers on your bill, nothing really changes.”

Scaduto said Commercial Utilities has worked with approximately 50 New Jersey communities in developing aggregation programs. She said the program could be up and running in Beach Haven early in the summer.

“Before it goes into effect, I would like to hold a special informational meeting where people can ask questions,” she said.

Scaduto said homeowners will receive two letters. One is an official opt-out letter that provides details including  the new rate, terms, chosen supplier and the deadline for opting out. The second is a confirmation letter from the utility company stating that the person has elected to remain in the program and the date they would be switched over. 

Also at the meeting was Steve Reid, the mayor of Point Pleasant Beach.

“We went into an aggregation program four years ago, and the average homeowner has saved 10 percent on their monthly bills,” he said.  

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said Scaduto’s company would solicit bids for hiring the new energy provider.

“By law, it would have to be lower than what Atlantic Electric is charging,” she said.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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