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Electric Utility

(973) 593-3093
John Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

                           Attention Madison Electric Customers! Would  you like to… 

  • $ave on your electric bill? 
  • $ave on your taxes? 
  • $ave the planet?

                      Sign up to be a Madison Electric Curtailment Volunteer (MECV)!

On the very hottest days of the summer, the power companies bring extra power plants on line to satisfy demand.  The plants are often the oldest, dirtiest and most inefficient plants in the system.  It is very expensive to maintain and operate these plants.

This increases the cost of electricity significantly. Madison pays $16 million a year for wholesale electricity and of that, over $3 million a year is in PEAK DEMAND CHARGES.   These charges keep the extra power plants open and available during the peak summer days. Click HERE to learn more about how this peak charge is calculated.  
                        

THE PROGRAM
We are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their electric consumption for just a few hours on the hottest days of the year.  In doing so, Madison could save $80,000 or more in peak demand charges.  These savings could help reduce electric rates AND help reduce property taxes.

Notifications are sent out on the 8 or 9 hottest days during the summer, asking residents to voluntarily reduce their electric consumption.

                                 

WANT TO BE A MADISON ELECTRIC CURTAILMENT VOLUNTEER and receive text and email notifications from the Borough?  Click here to sign up for Nixle alerts or simply text Madison's zip code "07940" to 888-777.   PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!

 

Strategies to curtail your electric consumption:

1) Turn off any unnecessary lights and electronics.  Unplug any charging units.
2) Postponing the use of major appliances such as your electric clothes dryer or dish washer until after 7:00 pm.
3) Turn your electric hot water heater to 'vacation' setting.
4) Reduce your use of Air Conditioning.  Two options:
   a) Temporarily raise your air conditioning unit to 77 degrees.  This can be preprogrammed into your thermostat.
   b) If your building/home is less efficient and if you are able, an alternate and preferred strategy for air conditioning is to decrease the temperature at noon by 3 degrees to pre-cool the building, then increase the temperature by 3 degrees per hour at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
5) Consider turning down your air conditioner and going to the movies, mall, library or other public building.

 

 For more information about this program, please contact Jim Burnet at burnetj@rosenet.org or at 973-593-8496.

 

Please click here for more information on Borough cooling centers and tips for hot weather.