The Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has been working with Affinity Energy Management to offer their Chamber members the opportunity to lower their energy costs through participation in a large electricity-buying group.
“Ed Jackson came to our Chamber meetings, and he’s done presentations,” said Millsboro Chamber’s Executive Director Amy Simmons of the local energy consultant. “There are some members of our Chamber who are members of other Chambers who have signed on. I know we do have a couple of members this year that are interested.”
Jackson said that, for small, medium or large businesses that are members of the Chamber and Delmarva Power customers, chances are they could save 10 to 20 percent on their electric bills.
“We’re able to leverage a much bigger purchase to get a much better price on our electric contract,” explained Jackson. “Savings is generally anywhere from 10 to 20 percent in savings, as compared to what they’re currently spending with Delmarva Power.”
Jackson offers his program to Millsboro, Georgetown, Rehoboth-Dewey, Bethany-Fenwick, Central Delaware and Delaware Chamber members, as well as members of the Delaware Restaurant Association. There is no cost to participate for Chamber members. The deadline to sign up for the next group bid is Feb. 22.
“I have a large group that I’m getting ready to send out for quotes and, hopefully, execute a contract. Then I have another group I’ll be sending out in April,” he explained. “If you’re a new member in the buying group, I like to make sure that each customer is not already in a contract. If you are in a fixed-price contract, you have to see through your supplier first.
“I also verify which tariff rate they’re being served by Delmarva Power, along with their typical monthly or annual usage volumes. That way I can give them some limited projected savings by being included in the group.”
Jackson said that, once a group is put together, he puts together a package for competitive electric suppliers to bid on.
“The bidding and negotiation process will then be done by me over the next three weeks and plan to execute in early March. Right now, we’re looking to lock in two- to three-year contracts that would start on the April meter-read date.”
Jackson said that only those who are Delmarva Power commercial customers are eligible to participate in the group.
“What I’ve done that is a benefit to everyone in the group is not only aggregate the customers who are served by the Millsboro Chamber, but I aggregate them with customers with the other Chambers,” he said. “Right now, the current size of the group is approximately 400 accounts. That represents almost 200 members, because some members have multiple accounts and some just a single account. It’s the largest commercial aggregation group in the state.”
Simmons said participating in Affinity Energy Management’s big group can potentially save Chamber members money on their businesses’ electric bill, and that’s a good thing.
“There’s definitely a savings to be had using this. With the economic times still not being the greatest, anytime a business can save some money, I think it’s a great idea.”
For more information about the program, contact Ed Jackson at Affinity Energy Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 218-8920 or Amy Simmons at the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777.