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Prepare To Be Aggregated

Next Tuesday, after a public hearing on the matter, the Borough Council will be passing ordinance 2015-18.  2015-18 sets us up in an energy aggregation bidding program with Maser Consulting acting as our agent.  (Yes, that Maser Consulting.)

In keeping with my goal of exposing my readers to information that they might not otherwise have I present here information from two sides of the municipal energy aggregation argument.  Please click on the images to go to the pages.

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Belmar residents will be receiving a letter telling them that unless they opt out within the 30 day opt out window their energy supplier will be picked by Maser and that they might be locked into a long term contract.  Commercial energy users will also get a letter but they have to opt in or their supplier won’t be changed.

I offer no suggestion or advice on how to pick your energy supplier just like I offer no suggestion or advice on what kind of car to drive.  It’s possible you can save money by allowing them the aggregate you.

But I plan to opt out.  I would prefer not to have the government of Belmar involved in my energy choices (or my car choices) so I’m going to stick with JCP&L and drive a Ford.  (If we let them choose our cars we’d probably all be driving Chevy Volts.)

One more note.  Although I believe about a hundred or so N.J. municipalities have adopted energy aggregation ordinances, at least one town dropped the idea after there was a lot of public opposition to it:

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  1. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Would the notice of proposed aggregation be sent to property owners, or JCP&L customers? …. potential privacy issue …. Does JCP&L have the right to share customer information with elected officials?

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    1 Eugene stop talking common sense and ethics they don’t care!!!

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  3. South Side wrote:

    Why can’t someone from our Borough government call companies for prices?
    If they decide to proceed, why couldn’t Belmar keep the finder’s fees?

    Good point Eugene #1 – and that info often includes social security numbers.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  4. everyones for sale wrote:

    I am not smart enough to make my own choices. I vote democrat.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:51 am | Permalink
  5. GUEST wrote:

    Is anyone aware of how this will effect renters? Does my landlord get to chose? Or do I since I am currently the JCP&L customer?

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
  6. admin wrote:

    You do.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  7. Just Passing Through wrote:

    Clarification if the Land Lord pays the electric he gets it If You pay your own you get it.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  8. Pootsie wrote:

    Once again Dave, thank’s for the info. My thoughts from the first time the subject came up, I would be opting out. Don’t need the Borough to monitor, provide, or take over my electric. I have no issues with JCPL or NJNG. My only question, when the lights go out, who responds?

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    You are still supposed to call JCP&L

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  10. Just Passing Through wrote:

    You still call JCPL they will always provide the electric and the servicing of the system. This is just a billing arrangement.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  11. sweetiepieface wrote:

    So, this is like Tennessee valley authority? Autonomous bodies are not elected. Jobs for life. Sweetheart deals.

    Wonder if residents are going to be welcome at Good Energy’s hospitality suite at the League of Municipalities convention? Why not lobby the residents with their bacchanal?

    Let’s see if I get the idea being floated… You live on Inlet haven, you pay homeowners association dues, borough taxes, state and federal taxes and the. Good energy aggregation so you can support another level of government?

    Opt out stupid

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  12. admin wrote:

    One note: we are using Maser, not GoodEnergy. I just put their page up there because they seemed to have the best web page of all the aggregators.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  13. Just Passing Through wrote:

    There have been several lawsuits as some of the bills were higher than the provider. Watch your bills and compare the usage/rate before and after.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  14. BEN REAL wrote:

    Who pays Maser’s fee for this service?

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    They get a commission from the company that is picked, Ben

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

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