Currently in the second round of the electricity-bundling program, Hamilton Township will not go out to bid for a third phase, Mayor Jeff Martin said. The township’s energy consultant, Gabel and Associates, informed the township in late July that disruptions in the energy market due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant the township likely would not find prices better than the ones offered by utility company PSE&G. The firm recommended 汉密尔顿 城市hip not seek bids at this time, advice that Martin took.
Residents currently participating in the 汉密尔顿 城市hip Community Energy Aggregation Program will receive a notice from PSE&G in August, the township said, and will be transitioned back to electricity provided by PSE&G, effective with their September meter read dates.
Normally, customers of utilities like PSE&G receive electricity at a fixed rate. Energy aggregation allows local governments to bundle electricity accounts—such as the ones belonging to residents—in order to seek bids for cheaper energy rates. Electricity is then sold to this group of accounts together, at a bulk rate lower than one an individual customer could receive. 汉密尔顿 城市hip officials have said residents together have saved millions of dollars since the program started under then-Mayor Kelly Yaede in 2016.
马丁不知道，不过，到底有需求的hcea方案是，考虑如何不少居民没有参加。能量汇聚和总储蓄的从它 - 收到的效果减弱为居民行使其选择退出的能量聚集协议。
In November 2018, with the South Jersey Energy deal ending, the township conducted a public bid for new aggregation proposals. The township said the offers it received were higher than the price offered by South Jersey Energy, and officials decided to return to PSE&G instead.
A statement issued in 2019 by the township said Constellation NewEnergy offered a price about 12 percent lower than PSE&G’s electricity supply price, and more than six percent below the projected PSE&G price during the 15 months of the contract. The township estimated the average resident would save $90 during the 15-month contract, with a township-wide savings of $3 百万。马丁并ñOT说什么这一轮能量聚集的实际节余。
Since the start, the energy aggregation program caused confusion and frustration. With the entire township automatically enrolled, residents who wanted to continue receiving electricity from PSE&G directly had to fill out a postage-paid “opt-out” card and mail it. Those who missed the opt-out deadline found themselves enrolled anyway.
“Personally I just like working with PSE&G, and I felt like we had a better experience with them,” Martin said.