Energy Aggregation Program Could Join Manchester, Lacey, Stafford

But first an agent will be hired to see if lower rates can be had through a different provider

Manchester may partner with Stafford, Lacey and possibly other towns to contract with a third-party electrical provider, but the township is still early in the process.

A resident asked at the Monday night Manchester Township Council meeting if a contract has been signed and when a contract would be available for public viewing.

"That's assuming there will be a contract," said Municipal Attorney Steven Secare.

Councilman Brendan Weiner said the township is still in the phase of researching information about possibly contracting with an alternate energy provider.

"There is no contract in place," Weiner said. "The next step is to contract with an agent."

That will most likely be done through Stafford Township, which would contract with an agent on behalf of Stafford, Manchester and most likely Lacey, Weiner said.

"We let Stafford know we're interested and Stafford will go out to bid for an agent," Weiner said. "Lacey is also involved.

"After an agent is hired, then we would find a supplier. Then we get a rate. If we see savings and we're all happy with it, we'll have a contract.

"I want the process to be as open and transparent as possible, so when there are developments I will report that at council meetings," Weiner said.

A  proposed contract, if there ultimately is one, will be available for public viewing prior to being signed, Weiner said. The council members do not sign contracts, that is done by the mayor.

However, prior to the mayor signing any such contract, there would be a resolution on a council agenda authorizing the mayor to sign it, Secare said.

In October, council members voted 3-2 to explore the possibility of contracting with a different electrical provider.

In other business, the township council will hold its annual organization meeting at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 2. The only other council meeting in January will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 27.
George Johnson December 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Weiner has been a big disappointment. The WeinerElectricCare Act was a stupid idea from the beginning. Now he does not want to do the work and is going to involve other townships? If you want your electric company you can keep your electric company. Period. Hands off my electric bill. I am a big boy and do not need government to get me into a 3rd party electric company.
shirleyanthony0418 December 18, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Good for you - if you want to pay more, that is your perogative but there are economies of scale and negotiating powers that you don't have as an individual. If the township can help reduce my electric, I am all for it. If they can't, I will opt out.
George Johnson December 18, 2013 at 08:46 AM
because everything the Government ends up negotiating ends up costing less... said no one ever.
Scott Neuman December 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
This is a huge deal. How about we bid it out??? I've got two companies I can bid this out on right now.
George Johnson December 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
@Scott... they are too lazy to even price it out themselves... forget them doing a formal source selection. No wonder this township has higher property taxes than Toms River with half the services.
Scott Neuman December 18, 2013 at 04:02 PM
George, it's a great idea but hiring an agent for a $200K or more contract is just asking for trouble. Bid it out like it should be bid out. I've been selling energy for years. It's not a big deal. It's just who has the lowest price for the winter and spring. Because you are buying it in bulk, we should get a lower price then if you priced it on your own. I do the same thing for my long distance.


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