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Electric Bill Savings Program Approved in Toms River; Info Session Slated for Tuesday

Program promises savings by purchasing electricity at a bulk price, according to township

An information session on Toms River's recently approved Community Energy Aggregation program is slated to be held during the Township Council meeting this week.

The program, approved at the council's Feb. 11 meeting, should offer residents and businesses a savings on their monthly electricity bill, according to officials. Residents are invited to learn more about the program during the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at town hall. 

As an opt-out program, residents are automatically enrolled in the program — at no cost to them — unless they respond to a mailing indicating that they do not want to participate. Those who have already enrolled in an energy aggregation program will stay with their supplier, according to the township. 

In addition to saving money, the program also aims to encourage energy conservation and "provide a foundation for future clean energy programs in Toms River," officials said.

Prior to approval, some residents expressed concerns that the township should not become involved in how they receive electricity. 

A list of frequently asked questions has been posted to the township website.

Bonefish February 26, 2013 at 05:05 AM
The average commission on a residential account would be about $4 PER MONTH. The average commission for a small business that spends about $2000 a month would be about $30 PER MONTH. Do the math...! Isn't it great when Government gets into the private business sector and uses unfair practices the gain the upper hand. Why don't they aggregate us all together for a better deal on Coke products? What's next? Cell phone services? But the great thing about selling electricity is that it's a product that you don't need to manufacture or deliver. Other companies handle that part.
just me February 26, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I agree .... Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
George Schuck February 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
To all who have made a comment and feel it isn't right for the town council to pick out who should supply our electric, if you have the time please come out tonight's council meeting AT six o'clock 33 Washington St. right next to the Tom's River Library, please come out and let the council know how you feel
. February 26, 2013 at 04:23 PM
How will this effect my bill with JCP&L? I am on the budget plan and I don't want to be off of that. I like paying the same amount each month. Toms River shouldn't be picking my electric supplier. This should have nothing to do with them.
Edward Voigt February 27, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I just did some research and found that Rich W. is absolutely correct. Systrum Energy has a very good track record and stable rates. Customer service is friendly and knowledgeable. After reviewing bills and doing calculations I would have save 10% on last months NJNG bill and 16% on JCP&L. This is a no brainer for me.

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