Township of Old Bridge
Community Energy Aggregation
UPDATED POSTING (11/28/17)
In December 2017, the Township’s contract with South Jersey Energy for residential electric supply under the OBCEA program, which began in March 2016 and which has saved participating residents $millions, will be ending. As a result, South Jersey Energy has begun returning participating Township residents to JCP&L power supply, effective with December 2017 meter read dates. As required by the Board of Public Utilities, JCP&L has begun sending form letters to residents notifying them that South Jersey Energy is ending their supply contract. The Township understands that some residents have been confused by the wording of this form letter from JCP&L. Residents who have been participating in the OBCEA program and who received this letter are advised that there will be no interruption of your electric service. Your account will simply be transitioned seamlessly back to JCP&L supply with no interruption in electricity service. There is no further action that residents must take. The letter is simply JCP&L’s means of letting residents know that the OBCEA program contract is expiring.
Residents do not have to choose another third-party supplier for electricity in order to continue receiving power. You can do nothing, and simply rely upon JCP&L for delivery and power supply, just as you did before the OBCEA program started in March 2016. Residents are free to shop and choose another third-party energy supplier on their own, independent of the Township’s program, but you are not required to do so. If you do shop, residents are cautioned to read the terms and conditions of any contract carefully, as they may not offer the same consumer protections as a Township program. Additionally, signing up with a third-party supplier may impede a resident’s ability to join a future Township program without incurring early termination fees. The Township is currently pursuing opportunities to once more bring residents electricity supply from a competitive supplier at a rate below the JCP&L tariff, for a contract starting some time in 2018, and will keep residents informed as to its efforts.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Township’s energy consultant, Gabel Associates, toll-free at 855-365-0770.
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ORIGINAL POSTING (10/31/17)
The Township assures residents that the transition from South Jersey Energy back to the JCP&L tariff in December 2017 will be seamless. In November, JCP&L will send notices to residents informing them that service with South Jersey Energy will be ending effective on your December 2017 meter read date. There is nothing further that a resident needs to do. Effective on your December meter read, JCP&L will resume as you power supplier (as they had been prior to March 2016). Starting with your January bill, you will notice on your JCP&L bill that South Jersey power supply charges will be replaced with a line item for JCP&L ‘Basic Generation Service’ power supply.
If the Township receives improved savings from its next bid later this year and awards a new contract for Round 2 of the Old Bridge Community Energy Aggregation program, the new contract would likely start in Spring 2018. In such event, eligible residents (all residents except those that have their own solar generating system or their own third party supply contract, or those who chose to opt-out of Round 1 of the program), will be sent a mailing informing them of the details of the new contract, after which residents would have the 2 Old Bridge Community Energy Aggregation - FAQs choice of opting-out of the new program if they do not wish to participate. Again, no further action will be necessary for residents who want to enjoy supply savings through the program.