By now, Township residents may have received notice that Delaware Township, as part of the Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative (HAEC), has elected to buy electricity on behalf of all residents, from IDT Energy Inc.
The Township, as part of the HAEC, went out to bid to obtain a lower cost than what was being charged by JCP&L for electrical energy. It’s important to note that JCP&L DOES NOT generate energy—it only delivers energy via its lines. So the energy that JCP&L delivers to you is also purchased from a 3rd party company.
IDT Energy’s rate was lower than the rate for the energy being charged by JCP&L. Therefore, the Township and the HAEC accepted the lower rate and will purchase its energy from IDT. Here are some frequently asked questions:
1. What is the Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative?
The Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative is a group of several Townships including Delaware Township, as well as Califon, Bethlehem, Clinton, Kingwood Township, Frenchtown, Lambertville, and Washington Township, Chester Township, Mendham Township, and others that have pooled their electrical usage in order to obtain a lower energy supply rate for our residents.
2. Who Supervises the Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative?
The Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative is overseen by the State Board of Public Utilities which ensures that the Cooperative follows strict guidelines when seeking lower energy supply costs.
3. What information will I receive about the program?
Information has been provided in the Township Newsletter, was sent in the mail to all residents in February, and there were also several meetings to discuss this program. But if you missed those and would like more information, please go to http://www.njaggregation.us/HAEC/
4. When does this begin?
Beginning in May, you may see a small reduction in your monthly electric bill reflecting the change in energy supplier. Your savings depends on your electrical usage.
5. What will my electric bill look like? Will I have to pay more than one bill as a result of this program?
No. Your electric bill will continue to come from JCP&L and you will continue to pay one bill to JCP&L.
6. Who do I call if there is a power outage or other electrical problem?
If there is a power outage or any electrical problem, you will always call JCP&L. JCP&L owns the lines in Delaware Township and continues to provide electricity through its lines.
7. Who will read my meter?
JCP&L will continue to read your meter.
8. What if I don’t want to be part of this program?
You may choose to join or leave the program at any time, as often as you wish, for the duration of the program at no cost. You will never be charged fees or incur penalties. You can leave the program by going to www.njaggregation.us/HAEC or by calling (877) 292-3904.