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Toms River Hoping Energy Aggregation Will Net Residents 10% Savings

Township council agrees to go to bid for energy aggregation

The Supply Charges section of residents' electric bills would hopefully shrink 10 percent, if the township can successfully find an energy aggregator to negotiate with.

Toms River Township Council agreed to go out to bid for energy aggregation after approving an ordinance at its September meeting.

Aggregation creation is strictly regulated by the state’s Board of Public Utilities and the ordinance is only the first of many steps in the process, in which the energy aggregator is buying in bulk the energy off the power grid that residents might use, leading to a reduction in the Supply Charges section of utility bills.

Township Administrator Paul Shives the concept of energy aggregation doesn't change the utility company of JCP&L, but it would change who is buying the energy that JCP&L then distributes to residents.

“JCP&L is responsible for distribution for electrical service but they or other purchasers essentially buy it off the grid," Shives said. "We're hoping bids will come back showing other purchasers, energy aggregators, can buy it off the grid for less."

Shives said seven or so other towns in Ocean County have considered energy aggregation: Barnegat, Brick, Point Pleasant Beach, Stafford.

“Residents can opt in or out,” Shives said. “It’s all volunteer.”

The ordinance allows Toms River to seeks bids for energy aggregation.

“The concept is new to New Jersey but not new to the Northeast. Massachusetts has been doing it for some time,” Shives said.

Township officials are hoping to pass along a savings of ten percent or more to ratepayers.

“If we find there is no savings over what they are paying today, then there is no program,” Shives said.

If they find enough savings, township officials hope to have the program in place for January 1.

Patch reporter Steve Moran contributed to this report.

Martin September 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Monroe in Middlesex County did aggregation years ago, but any Toms River resident can shop for electricity at the state BPU website. I signed up for another supplier and save 12-17% every month. Same thing with natural gas. Why pay more?
Greg September 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Mr. Shives, Here is a question that I and many other are going to have for you (as the Township Administrator) and the Council. Is this how you are going to be paying for the indoor tennis court that you want to put here in Toms River? How about instead of wasting money putting in more recreation that this town really cannot afford financially, how about you put that money towards something that could really help the residents and that be in the form of tax relief. But, then again anyone with any common sense knows that there isn't any way that we are going to see any kind of tax relief! Especially in this town where their mentality is "We need more recreation to keep our kids out of gangs." Isn't that correct Council President Hill? Or, is this the REAL reason VOTES????? Please to any and all come out to the Council Meetings and School Board Meeting to let these people know that we are done with their tax and spend ideas!!!
Halpha2 September 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
ROMNEY-RYAN2012!!!!!!!!
Mitch Rapp September 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Maybe he can stop bending over for the home owners association in Ortley beach.
George September 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Another political ad paid for by the Koch Bros., Exxon, BP, Hedges Fund Speculators and the 1% Lear Jet Owners Assn.
George September 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Another political ad paid for by the Koch Bros., Exxon, BP, Hedge Fund Speculators and the 1% Lear Jet Owners Assn.
Martin September 19, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Beware! Shop for your own electricity and natural gas suppliers and save 10-17%. There's a chance of kickbacks to the politcians who choose the township's suppliers -- see the Patch story: http://pointpleasant.patch.com/blog_posts/point-boro-is-picking-its-residents-personal-energy-provider
Suanne February 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM
On Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm at The Clarion Hotel in Toms River there are meetings that are open to the public. At this meeting you are shown an incredible opportunity to pick an energy provider that offers free energy. You are also shown a business opportunity like no other. This is a $500 Billion $ industry. Come and see how you can get your share.

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