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Government Energy Aggregation Program

Welcome to the Residential Energy Aggregation web page for the Sussex-Warren Area Energy Cooperative (SWAEC). On this page you will find information specific to the SWAEC program. Feel free to browse the rest of our site for other general energy aggregation information.

SWAEC's current energy aggregation program began in March 2019 and provides a reduced electricity rate for residents in the Township of Fredon (Lead Agency), the Borough of Alpha, Andover Borough, Branchville, Blairstown Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Green Township, Hardwick Township, Harmony Township, Hope Township, Knowlton Township, Oxford Township, the Town of Phillipsburg, the Borough of Stanhope and Stillwater Township. The current SWAEC program rate is $.0886/kWh.

For participating towns except Frelinghuysen Township* and Knowlton Township*, beginning with the first meter read on or after June 1, 2020, the program rate for the remainder of the current program term (through January 1, 2021) will be reduced from $0.0886/kWh to $0.0869/kWh. In addition to the reduction in the program rate, the program term is being extended beginning from the first meter read on or after January 1, 2021, for an additional 12 months until the first meter read after December 31, 2021.

Additional information is provided below under the headings "Program Details" and "Program Documents". Residents can also call 866-688-5197 to speak with a program specialist.

*Frelinghuysen Township and Knowlton Township are not participating in the program extension. As such, the program rate of $.0886/kWh will remain in effect for their residents through December 31, 2020, after which any residents participating in the SWAEC program will be returned to the Basic Generation Service providers through JCP&L with their first meter read after December 31, 2020. Residents should contact their municipality with questions related to the governing body's decision to discontinue participation in the SWAEC energy aggregation program.


Important Dates

June 1, 2020

program rate reduced to $.0869/kWh (excludes Frelinghuysen Township & Knowlton Township


December 31, 2020

program expires for Frlinghuysen Township and Knowlton Township



December 31, 2021

program expires



PROGRAM DETAILS

Learn about this program and how it can help reduce the cost of your energy bill.
  • What is energy aggregation?

    Government Energy Aggregation (GEA) is a program that came from the passing of the Government Energy Aggregation Act of 2003 by the New Jersey Legislature. This law gave municipalities and counties the ability to aggregate the energy usage of the residential and non-residential ratepayers to conduct a bulk bid or auction in an attempt to get the lowest possible price at that given time in order to maximize the benefits of deregulation to the participants. These benefits include a lower utility cost and an increased number of suppliers to choose from within New Jersey. If a government entity, such as your municipality, chooses to establish this program on your behalf, an RFP will be sent to every third party supplier in New Jersey that is licensed with the Board of Public Utilities. Your municipality is utilizing an independent Consultant to implement a procurement process for a third party supplier to provide energy supply to its residents.

  • How does the program work?

    The program ensures that they will receive a rate that is lower than what the local utility is currently charging them. It will also give them increased protection in obtaining a Third Party by eliminating all the confusing fine print. It forces the Third Parties to compete for your business on an even playing field by giving everyone a price on a larger amount of energy on the same date under the same terms and conditions that are dictated to them through our RFP criteria, rather than them dictating to you what the terms of the contract will be. These criteria can also include a higher percentage of “green” renewable energy that will help create a cleaner environment.

    We are pleased to announce the addition of Oxford Township to the Sussex-Warren Area Energy Cooperative. Beginning on January 1, 2018, residents in Oxford Township will see a reduction in their electricity supply rate to $0.086/kWh. This is a non-variable rate which will remain in effect through October 31, 2018. Oxford Township is the 10th municipality to join the SWAEC.

    • This program covers only the power supply portion of your electric bill.

    • The delivery and distribution of electricity under this program will continue to remain the same, through the regulated utility that serves your home.

    • New Jersey’s Retail Choice regulations allow you to purchase power supply from a third party supplier. Most residential electric customers in the State have not switched to a third party supplier; therefore they obtain their power supply from their Local Distribution Company.

    • The municipality has engaged an independent consultant to collect energy usage information, prepare bid specifications, and seek pricing from third party suppliers through a public bid process.

    • All municipality residents are automatically included in the Aggregation program unless they have already chosen a third party supplier.

    • The program will leverage the bulk purchasing power of all of the municipality’s residents to obtain power supply that is less expensive.

    • Although all residential customers in the municipality not currently purchasing from a third party supplier are automatically included in the program, a resident may opt-out of the program if they wish. In order to comply with the state law governing energy aggregation programs, the program must be an opt-out program, versus an opt-in program. N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.3(i): If a residential customer is located within the geographic boundaries of a municipality or county that establishes a government private energy aggregation program, the residential customer shall automatically be included in the program unless the customer indicates [its] his or her desire not to participate in the program by opting-out in accordance with N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.5 and 6.6.

    • The local utility will continue to handle your account, addressing any outages and maintaining service. The only change is the billing and cost of the energy provided.

  • Overall, how does the program benefit the residents?

    The program ensures that they will receive a rate that is lower than what the local utility is currently charging them. It will also give them increased protection in obtaining a third party supplier by eliminating all the confusing fine print. It forces the third party suppliers to compete for your business on an even playing field by giving everyone a price on a larger amount of energy on the same date under the same terms and conditions that are dictated to them through our RFP criteria, rather than them dictating to you what the terms of the contract will be. These criteria can also include a higher percentage of “green” renewable energy that will help create a cleaner environment.

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Program Documents
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SWAEC Program Update Contract Summary - April 2020
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Alpha
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Andover Borough
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Blairstown Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Branchville Borough
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Fredon Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Green Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Hardwick Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Harmony Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Hope Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Oxford Township
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Phillipsburg
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Stanhope Borough
SWAEC Program Update April 2020 - Stillwater
SWAEC - Program Update June 2019
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Alpha
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Andover Borough
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Branchville Borough
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Reidents - Fredon Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Green Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Hardwick Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Harmony Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Hope Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Oxford Township
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Phillipsburg
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Stanhope Borough
SWAEC 2020 Outreach to New Residents - Stillwater
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Alpha
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Andover Borough
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - BlairstownTownship
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Branchville Borough
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Fredon Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Frelinghuysen Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Green Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Hardwick Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Harmony Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Hope Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - KnowltonTownship
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Oxford Township
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Phillipsburg
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Stanhope Borough
SWAEC Outreach Kit FINAL - Stillwater
SWAEC - Outreach Presentation

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