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.

Rich Wieland February 25, 2013 at 01:02 PM
For a few years, I've been getting electricity from Systrum Energy after comparing costs with other companies on the NJ BPU list of alternative suppliers (Google it) and saving about 10% from JCP&L's rate. No problems at all.
Just another day February 25, 2013 at 07:45 PM
TR shouldn't be the big daddy here. This may be a good idea, but don't you think the residents should've been consulted before you opted us all in without our consent?
Martin February 25, 2013 at 07:52 PM
How much is the consultant getting paid? Was he/she hired without a bidding process? Who is he/she related to in TR? Why doesn't the county do this instead of 1 town? Aren't there more important things the TR politicians have to worry about?
Mark February 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I really wonder why the Township leaders are doing this? There's got to be an angle. As Martin said I'd like to find out who the consultant or broker is, because that person/company is certainly getting a commission and or fee. There is more to this story that meets the eye. Perhaps the TR Patch can did a little deeper.
JustMe February 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Individuals who do this, make at least $25 per person they sign on....so is the Township making money off the taxpayers by doing this?? If so, where do we benefit by the money they are making??????
mjmjr February 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM
The broker or consultant is related to the top five .in the township.THAT WILL ONLY COST 4MILLIONJ,WHAT A JOKE.
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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