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ORDINANCE 2013-39 Energy Aggregation

ADOPTED: NOVEMBER 12, 2013

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF POINT PLEASANT BEACH,
COUNTY OF OCEAN AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, ESTABLSIHING
AN ENERGY AND NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM


WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has been engaged in a process to establish a competitive market place through deregulation and restructuring the electric utility market and natural gas market; and

WHEREAS, the establishment of a government aggregator and an energy aggregation program to purchase electric generation service and natural gas pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:3-93.1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 14:4-6.1 et seq. will increase competition for the provision of electric power and natural gas to residential and non-residential users, thereby increasing the likelihood of lower electric rates and natural gas rates for these users without causing any interruption in service; and

WHEREAS, under the aggregation process the residential and non-residential ratepayers may likely receive a direct reduction in their electric bills and gas bills; and

WHEREAS, the realization of energy costs savings is in the interests of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach (the “Borough”); and

WHEREAS, the Borough hereby finds that it is in the best interests of residential and non-residential electric and gas ratepayers for the Borough to create the opportunity for them to enter into an aggregation agreement in order to seek substantial savings on electric and gas rates; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach in the County of Ocean and the State of New Jersey, duly assembled in public session, as follows:

1- The Borough publicly declares its intent to become an aggregator of electric power and natural gas on behalf of its residential and non-residential users of electricity and natural gas pursuant to the Government Energy Act of 2003, N.J.S.A. 48:3-91.3 to -98, and implementing regulations.

2- The Borough will utilize Commercial Utility Consultants’ Reverse Energy Auction Platform pursuant to the NJ E-PROCUREMENT Pilot program (P.L. 2001, c.30) under the NJ Department of Community Affairs. The Borough may utilize the platform either directly or through a Cooperative Pricing Agreement, to be determined by the Borough by Resolution. The Reverse Energy auction will seek bids from licensed and appropriate third party suppliers. If such winning bid is selected and agreement executed, individual residential consumers would retain the option not to participate and to choose any alternatives they desire, while non-residential ratepayers would also have the right to participate.

3- The Mayor and Borough Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute any documents necessary to carry out the purpose of the Ordinance.

4- All ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

5- If any portion of this ordinance shall be deemed invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder shall survive in full force and effect.

6- This ordinance shall be effective immediately upon adoption and publication in accordance with law.



NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE that the ordinance entitled as of above was introduced and passed on first reading at a regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach held on the 22nd day of October 2013 and will be further considered upon second reading for final passage at a regular meeting of the said Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach to be held on the 12th day of November 2013 at the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Hall, 416 New Jersey Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, at 7:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached, at which time and place any person desiring to be heard thereon will be given such opportunity.


Maryann Ellsworth, RMC
Municipal Clerk


Published October24, 2013 | New Ordinances | 1707


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