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Government Energy Aggregation Program

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

The Hunterdon Energy Aggregation Cooperative (HAEC) Energy Aggregation Program’s current contract term will be ending with meters on or after November 30, 2021. Residential customers in the participating municipalities of Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, the Borough of Califon, Chester Township, the Town of Clinton, Delaware Township, the Borough of Frenchtown, the Borough of High Bridge, Kingwood Township, the City of Lambertville, Mendham Township, the Borough of Peapack and Gladstone, and Washington Township who did not opt-out of the program or contract with a different third party energy supplier began receiving their electricity supply through IDT Energy in March 2021.

In an effort to provide continued savings to residents participating in the energy aggregation program, the HAEC went out to energy auction on September 22 and October 20, 2021. Unfortunately, pricing received at the time of the auctions was higher than the current BGS rate with JCP&L, so the program cannot be continued after the current contract ends on November 30, 2021. Therefore, participating residents will be reenrolled with the BGS through JCP&L unless they select an alternative supplier.

Residents currently participating in the HAEC energy aggregation program will receive a letter from their municipality or the HAEC notifying them of their return to the Basic Generation Service and a switchover confirmation letter from JCP&L. Residents participating in the HAEC energy aggregation program have collectively saved over $1.4 Million since the cooperative was established in March 2019.

The HAEC anticipates soliciting bids again in Spring 2022. Residents should call the program’s energy consultants at 866-688-5197, option 3, with questions and for program updates.


Important Dates

Please come out and join us at an upcoming informational session to learn more about this important program.

March 1, 2021


GEA program returns. New program information was mailed in January 2021.

November 30, 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?

    • 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.

Communications
Program Documents
Alexandria Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Bethlehem Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Califon Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Clinton Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Delaware Township Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Frenchtown Residents’ Program Update November 2021
High Bridge Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Kingwood Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Lambertville Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Mendham Township Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Peapack-Gladstone Residents’ Program Update November 2021
Washington Township Residents’ Program Update November 2021
HAEC - Revised Contract Summary 2021
HAEC Outreach Video 2021
Alexandria Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Bethlehem Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Califon Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Chester Township Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Clinton Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Delaware Township Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Frenchtown Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
High Bridge Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Kingwood Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Lambertville Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Mendham Township Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Peapack-Gladstone Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
Washington Township Morris County Residents’ Information Kit March 2021
HAEC - Program Update November 2020
Bethlehem - Program Update August 2020
Califon - Program Update August 2020
Chester Township - Program Update August 2020
Delaware - Program Update August 2020
Frenchtown - Program Update August 2020
Kingwood - Program Update August 2020
Lambertville - Program Update August 2020
Mendham Township - Program Update August 2020
Town of Clinton - Program Update August 2020
Washington Township - Program Update August 2020
HAEC - Program Update June 2019
Bethlehem Residents’ Information Kit
Borough of Frenchtown Residents’ Information Kit
Califon Residents’ Information Kit
Chester Township Residents’ Information Kit
Clinton Residents’ Information Kit
City of Lambertville Residents’ Information Kit
Delaware Township Residents’ Information Kit
High Bridge Residents’ Informational Video
High Bridge Residents’ Frequently Asked Questions
Kingwood Township Residents’ Information Kit
Mendham Township Residents’ Information Kit
Washington Township Residents’ Information Kit
HAEC Outreach Video 2020
Press Release January 11, 2018

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