Township to Hold Special Meeting on Energy Aggregation Wednesday Night

The meeting takes place at Erial School Wednesday night, 7 p.m.

Gloucester Township officials will hold a public hearing on its proposed energy aggregation plan Wednesday night, the Courier Post reports.

The meeting at Erial School in Sicklerville is scheduled to be the first in a series of hearings, according to the report.

The township introduced the proposal at its meeting on Feb. 10. Energy aggregation is used to obtain cheaper group rates for residents in a particular region.

Erial School is located at 20 Essex Avenue in Sicklerville.
D.Brown February 20, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Why is it that they give less than a day notice for these meetings if they want the community to be involved? Not only that how about not having it on a church night. That is where they should be as our leaders.
True Dat February 20, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Religion acts as a virus that rewrites neurological pathways in the brain, that dulls critical thinking......I'm pretty sure.
D.Brown February 20, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Religion may be a virus but a relationship with God is what you want. What does that have to do with the committee having a special meeting without notifying the community unless you are not wanting to give people the knowledge that we need to make the right decisions. Unless its a cover up.
Bob Kola February 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM
@D.Brown: Sorry, you could not attend the meeting last night. About 10 citizens showed up along with the Mayor, most of Township Council, the Township Administrator, a member of the Township's Clerk Office, and representatives of the two entities that will be administrating the program. According to the Council President, more information will be available soon on the Township's website (glotwp.com) including the most FAQs that were addressed during the meeting. I don't know if another informational meeting will be held, but you can attend the next general council meeting on Monday, February 24th at 7:30PM, and ask any additional questions you have. I, too, was concerned about the quickness of implementation of this program and lack of information on it provided by the Township government. Part of the timing issue, I think, has to do with when rates are set for next year and getting the program started as quickly as possible to take advantage of the savings. The lack of information is another matter. It seems to me that there was no plan in place to introduce this to the Township's residents in a systematic and orderly manner. It is as if they are making it up as they go along. Personally, I think educating and presenting the information to residents should be done over the duration of a year to make sure as many residents as possible are: aware of what energy aggregation is, the benefits of it, when it would go in to effect, and their option in not participating. That being said, I was skeptical going into the meeting. However, IF what was presented is in deed factual and true, it seems like it would be beneficial to the residents of Gloucester Township. I was thinking beforehand that I would opt-out of the program, but the information presented at the meeting changed my mind and I will most likely remain in it (depending on what I read in the fine print of the switch over/opt-out notice that will be mailed to every resident). Best advice, keeping checking the Township's website for updates and attend the Council meeting to ask any additional questions you have.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 20, 2014 at 03:45 PM
I agree with Bob that on the surface it seems like "nothing can go wrong," (reminds me of an old joke). Of note, it should be remembered that the anticipated 10-to-15 percent savings is not against your entire electric bill but only against the portion that represents the actual charge for electricity. I believe there are three components to electric delivery so it seemed to have been stated that average savings per month might be around $10, or so, dollars, give or take.
Bob Kola February 20, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Paul: Good point. Also, the savings may not be easily apparent in the billing statement. For instance, say in June of 2013 PSE&G or Atlantic City Electric were changing you $10.00kWh, and in June of 2014 they raise it to $10.50kWh. However, Good Energy awarded a bid to a supplier for $10.25kWh to begin in June 2014. Your cost for the electricity would go up over the previous year with the Township plan but not as much as if you had opted-out and stayed with PSE&G or Atlantic City Electric. This hypothetical example also doesn't take in to account any increase in the amount of electricity used or increases in the other charges/fees/taxes that also may be on the bill. Township residents shouldn't be mislead into believing that they will all see a decrease in their electric bill when compared to a year ago. As in most things in life, it's all relative.
Bob Kola February 21, 2014 at 05:37 AM
The Township has posted the FAQs regarding energy aggregation. Here is the link: http://glotwp.com/news/news/2014/energyfaq.html
Paul J. DiBartolo February 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Bob, my relatives have nothing to do with it...on the other hand, one wonders if any of those on the David-Mayer-Friends-and-Family Plan are profiting somewhere along the line. Let's hope not.
D.Brown February 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Good info. thank you guys, for me and my family Wednesday night is midweek service at church. I just found it to quick for them to throw this together.
Pete Heinbaugh February 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Mr. Brown, by no means am I an apologist for anyone. But the Township did all that is required regarding giving notice for this meeting. This hearing was first mentioned at the Feb 10 council meeting. There was a public notice ad placed in newspapers on Feb 14. And a notice was placed on the Township website.
Pete Heinbaugh February 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Mr. Brown, I do agree with your point, though. The current government requirements for notification are inadequate. If, likely 99% of the residents didn't know about this; and you, a resident who does pay attention to our government, didn't know about this; then, by definition, notification was inadequate.
Roger Delgado February 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM
The FAQ mentions a "consultant" (who is different from the actual energy provider) that gets paid. Who is this consultant and do they have any personal or financial ties to Team Mayer?
Paul J. DiBartolo February 21, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Good Energy is the consultant and we've been assured that they are not in the business of campaign contributions.
D.Brown February 24, 2014 at 06:47 AM
As Pete said, they need better notification. Maybe on T.V. What channel is the Township info. on? Ive been here 2 years and I can not find it. Mayer said channel 19 but I don't have Comcast and never will, they are terrible. Cant wait for AT&T universal to come up here.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Where Dave Mayer's lips moving when he said that? Just sayin'.


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