The Andover board of selectmen recently established a new energy committee.¬† As one of its first goals, the committee is exploring the feasibility of creating an oil buyers group within the town.¬† The group would represent all residents who wish to purchase oil under a group agreement from a single vendor with the goal being to save money through the pooling of individual household oil purchases into a large multi-household contract.
The committee also wishes to highlight to town residents that a similar type of arrangement for the purchase of electricity was recently approved by the board of selectmen.¬† Under this agreement that took effect in October, town residents and businesses that enroll in the program can purchase the generation service portion of their electricity for a fixed rate of $0.0819 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) through the summer of 2012.¬† (The delivery service portion of the electricity bill remains unchanged under this agreement.)
If you have questions about the agreement or are interested in a potential oil buyers group, ¬†call Rick Linden on the town energy committee at 860 729-5817.
Some Questions and Answers:
- QUESTION: Regarding the oil group, do deliveries take place just like other oil delivery services (you can schedule a delivery, call if oil runs out, provider can make service calls)?
ANSWER: We don’t yet have an oil contract, but are soliciting interest on the part of Andover residents.¬† If enough seem interested, we can approach some oil companies for pricing.¬† When I was part of such a group 20 years ago when my wife and I lived in Rhode Island, it worked just like other oil delivery services, except our price was much better than buying oil outside the group.¬† You could call for deliveries or be on an automatic delivery schedule.¬† Service (and annual maintenance contracts) were available.
- QUESTION:¬†Regarding the electricity buy in: Do you know where the energy comes from ¬†(Coal, Green, etc)?
ANSWER:¬†There are 3 different prices available for Andover residents through the town’s arrangement with Direct Energy.¬† For regular service, the price is about $0.082/kWh.¬† For seniors, the price is $0.081.¬† If you want to use the renewable energy option (where the electricity is generated from wind farms in Texas), the price is $0.088.
- QUESTION: Can we cancel the energy buyers group if service isn’t as expected?
ANSWER: A resident can cancel with Direct Energy at any time with no cancellation fee.
- QUESTION:¬†How do you sign up to the energy buyers group?
ANSWER:¬†To sign up with Direct Energy, a resident needs to call them at 1-866-803-4618 and identify themselves as a resident (or business) in Andover, CT.¬† They can be called M-F from 8 AM-8 PM or on Saturday from 8 AM-5 PM.