Borough of Milltown, NJ
Middlesex County
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[1984 Code § 69-1]
As used in this chapter:
CUSTOMER
Shall mean all purchasers of electric service from the distributor.
DISTRIBUTOR
Shall mean the Borough or any of its committees or departments involved in the distribution of electric service within the Borough.
[1984 Code § 69-2]
a. 
A written application for service under one of the rate schedules of the distributor, as provided in this chapter, shall be required from each customer before service is supplied. The application, when accepted and service granted, shall constitute an agreement between the Borough and the customer.
b. 
The rate schedule provisions apply for everyone lawfully receiving electric service from the distributor under the established rates, and receipt of electric service shall constitute the receiver a customer of the distributor, whether service is based upon contract, agreement, accepted signed application or otherwise. A copy of the rate schedule and general terms, rules and regulations under which service is to be rendered shall be furnished upon application at the office of the distributor.
c. 
Standard contracts shall be for the terms specified in the applicable rate schedules.
[1984 Code § 69-3]
a. 
The distributor shall designate the place on the customer's property where current is to be delivered to the building or premises. All writing and equipment, except the meter, beyond this point of delivery shall be installed and maintained by the customer at his own expense.
b. 
The distributor shall supply service through a single delivery and metering point and at a single voltage. Separate supply for the same customer at other points of use or of a different phase or voltage will be separately metered and billed.
[1984 Code § 69-4]
a. 
A suitable and adequate location to be approved by the distributor shall be provided for the mounting of, together with the necessary wire leads for the connecting of, the distributor's meters, testing facilities and equipment necessary to properly meter the customer's use of electricity.
b. 
Whenever necessary, the customer shall furnish, at no cost to the distributor, the necessary space, housing, fencing and foundations for such equipment as may have to be installed upon his premises in order to supply electricity, whether the equipment if furnished by the customer or the distributor. The space, housing, fencing and foundations shall be in conformity with the distributor's specifications and subject to its approval.
[1984 Code § 69-5]
a. 
Customers desiring underground service lines from the distributor's overhead system must bear the total cost incident thereto, and all such installations shall remain the property of the customer, who shall be responsible for maintenance at his own expense.
b. 
Underground services shall be installed in rigid galvanized steel conduits which shall terminate at a point at least 10 feet above the ground on the nearest pole belonging to the distributor. The service leads extending from the conduit on the distributor's pole shall be of such length that they will reach the distributor's secondary service lines, thus avoiding the necessity for splicing at the terminus of the conduit.
[1984 Code § 69-6]
The wiring and appliances on the premises of the customer shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of the State Uniform Construction Code, and Borough regulations as may be in force at the time application for service is made. A certificate of inspection from the underwriters must be presented at the office of the distributor before service shall be rendered at a new location.
[1984 Code § 69-7]
The minimum sizes of the various service drops shall be as follows:
a. 
Individual residences: 100 amperes from service connection to fuse box. A main disconnect shall be placed in the line just prior to the circuit box or a main disconnect shall be provided on each service leg within the circuit box.
b. 
Multifamily Dwellings.
1. 
Sixty amperes from meter to fuse or circuit box for individual units containing up to four rooms; 100 amperes for units having five or more rooms. All apartment units having a connected lead equal to or greater than 10 kilowatts must have at least 100-ampere service regardless of size. Service disconnects for each apartment unit shall be provided at the main service panel.
2. 
The building service drop shall be of such size that all individual units will be adequately supplied; the size of service shall be determined or approved by the distributor, but in no event shall it be less than a 100-ampere service.
c. 
Commercial and Industrial Establishments. The size and type of service drop shall be determined on an individual basis by the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-8]
a. 
Individual Residences. All meters for new services hereafter installed or replaced shall be located on the outside of the building. The meter shall be located in an area and at a height above ground so that it can be easily read.
b. 
Multifamily Dwelling; Commercial and Industrial Establishments. The meter locations shall be designated or approved by the distributor. In all cases, however, they shall be so located that they are readily accessible for testing, repair or reading purposes.
[1984 Code § 69-9]
All meters, service connections and other equipment furnished by the distributor shall be and remain the property of the distributor. The customer shall provide necessary space for and exercise proper care to protect the property of the distributor on his premises. In the event of loss or damage to the distributor's property arising from neglect of the customer to care for same, the cost of necessary repairs or replacements shall be paid by the customer. No wires, lights, signs or apparatus of any description shall be attached to the poles or other equipment owned by the distributor without written consent of the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-10]
The distributor shall have the right but shall not be obligated to inspect installations before electricity is introduced or at any time thereafter and reserves the right to reject any wiring or appliances not in accordance with the distributor's standards. Such inspection or failure to inspect or reject shall not render the distributor liable or responsible for any loss or damage resulting from defects in the installation, wiring or appliances, from violation of the distributor's rules or from accidents occurring upon the customer's premises.
[1984 Code § 69-11]
a. 
The distributor's identified employees shall be allowed access to the customer's premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of reading meters, testing, repairing, removing or exchanging any or all equipment belonging to the distributor.
b. 
The distributor shall have the right, at its option and its own expense, to place demand-meters, reactive component meters or other instruments on the premises of any customer for the purpose of measuring the demand or the power factor or for other tests of all or any part of the customer's load.
[1984 Code § 69-11; Ord. No. 691 § 1; Ord. No. 731 § 1]
a. 
A deposit or guaranty equivalent to three times the amount of the distributor's estimate of the customer's average monthly bill shall be required before service is supplied in all cases where the customer is not the owner of the residence or business establishment for which electric service is being requested. The deposit shall be retained by the distributor throughout the period service is rendered, plus a period of 30 days beyond the date service is terminated. At that time, it shall be refunded if all bills are paid or it will be applied by the distributor against unpaid bills of the customer and any remaining balance will be refunded to the customer. Any balance remaining unclaimed by the customer whose address is unknown for a period of three years after discontinuance of service shall become the property of the distributor.
b. 
Simple interest at the rate of 5% per annum shall be paid on deposits held by the distributor and will be credited to the customer's account at the time that service is discontinued. Interest shall be paid only on whole year periods, and no allowance shall be made for moneys held for any fraction of a year.
[1984 Code § 69-13]
a. 
Senior citizens who have resided in the Borough for a period of at least five years shall not be required to pay any electric deposit, and any deposits of the senior citizens now or hereinafter held by the Borough shall be refunded, with interest, at the expiration of five years from the date such deposits were received by the Borough.
b. 
Senior citizens shall be individuals who have obtained the age of 62 years.
[1984 Code § 69-14]
Bills shall be sent monthly by the distributor in accordance with the rate applicable to the customer's service. The word "month," as used herein and in the rate schedules, shall mean the elapsed times between two successive meter readings approximately 30 days apart. When no meter reading is available because of the stoppage or the failure of the meter to register full amount of the current used or because of the inability of the meter reader to gain access to the premises, the consumption will be estimated on the basis of the customer's previous bills, known loads or other pertinent information.
[1984 Code § 69-15; Ord. No. 691 § 1; Ord. No. 1044 § I; Ord. No. 08-1280; Ord. No. 10-1301]
a. 
All bills shall be payable 21 days from the date of issuance. Bills remaining unpaid after the due date of such bills shall accrue interest, from the due date, at the maximum rate permitted for nonpayment of real property taxes in the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 or at such greater rate of interest as may hereafter be permitted by amendment to said statute or by adoption of a successor statute. Bills not paid by the due date must be paid in full within 20 days of the due date. Should the bill not be paid within the twenty-day grace period, the distributor may at any time thereafter, upon five days' notice to the customer, discontinue service. The notice may be given by mail or by delivery to the customer in person or to a member of his family, to one of his employees or by posting same in a conspicuous place in the customer's premises.
b. 
All bills shall be paid at the office of the distributor or at such other offices designated, either in person or by mail. Remittance received by mail after the time limit for payment will be accepted by the distributor if the incoming envelope bears a United States Post Office date-stamp of the final date for payment or any date prior thereto.
c. 
Should the final date for payment of a bill fall on a Sunday or holiday, the business day next following the final date will be held as a day of grace for delivery or payment.
d. 
When written notice is given by the customer to the distributor of a pending vacation or absence for good reason for a significant length of time, allowances may be made by the distributor for a delayed payment of bills.
e. 
Failure to receive a bill or any dispute arising over a bill shall not release the customer from payment obligation.
f. 
All charges are lien against the property and therefore the responsibility of the property owner. If the owner requests in writing that bills be sent to a tenant, the Borough may oblige, at its discretion, but the final responsibility for any unpaid charges is all the responsibility of owner of the property pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-19.
g. 
The rent for the use of the electric system and all other costs and expense, interest and penalties shall be and remain a lien upon the house, tenement, factory or lot until fully paid and satisfied.
h. 
Final Meter Readings. Each and every individual, business or corporation who closes an existing account with the Utilities Department for electric service shall be charged a final reading fee of $25.
[1984 Code § 69-16]
a. 
The distributor may refuse to connect or may discontinue service for the violation of any of its rules and regulations, for violation of any of the provisions of the rate schedules or for violation of the application of the customer or the contract with the customer.
b. 
The distributor may discontinue service to the customer without notice for the theft of current of the actual or apparent use of current theft devices on the premises of the customer or for abuse or tampering with the connections, meters or other equipment of the distributor.
c. 
The distributor may discontinue its service with reasonable notice if the customer's installation has become dangerous or defective, if the customer's equipment or use thereof might injuriously affect the equipment of the distributor or the service to other customers or if, upon reexamination of the customer's installation by a fire underwriter's representative, a certificate of approval is refused.
d. 
Discontinuance of service for any cause stated in this subsection shall not release the customer from his obligation for the payment of minimum bills as specified in the customer's application, contract or applicable rate schedule.
[1984 Code § 69-12]
The customer may discontinue service at any time by giving the distributor at least three days' notice, in writing or in person, to that effect. Notice to discontinue service prior to expiration of the contract term will not relieve the customer from payment of any minimum or guaranteed payments under any contract or rate.
[1984 Code § 69-18]
The distributor shall use reasonable diligence to provide a regular and uninterrupted supply of current, but in the event that the supply of electric current should be interrupted for any reason, the distributor shall not be held liable for any damages resulting therefrom.
[1984 Code § 69-19]
Electric service, appliances and apparatus shall not be used or maintained by any customer in such a manner as to cause unusual voltage fluctuations or interferences or disturbances to the distributor's system or to other customers. The distributor may require any customer to correct such conditions at his own expense or suffer discontinuance of service until normal conditions are restored.
[1984 Code § 69-20; Ord. No. 691 § 1; Ord. No. 08-1280]
Whenever service has been discontinued by the distributor for reasons described in this chapter, a charge of $50 shall be collected by the distributor before service is restored during normal working hours. If service is to be restored outside of normal working hours there shall be an additional charge of $110.
[1984 Code § 69-21]
The service connection, transformers, meters and equipment supplied by the distributor for each customer shall have definite capacity, and no material addition to the customer's equipment or connected load shall be allowed except by consent of the distributor. Failure to give notice of additions or changes in load and to obtain the distributor's consent for same shall render the customer liable for any damage to any of the distributor's lines or equipment caused by an additional or changed installation.
[1984 Code § 69-22]
Customers shall notify the distributor immediately should the service be unsatisfactory for any reason or should there be any defects, trouble or accidents affecting the supply of electricity. The notices, if verbal, shall be confirmed in writing.
[1984 Code § 69-23]
The distributor shall, at its own expense, make periodic tests and inspections of its meters in order to maintain a high standard of accuracy. The distributor shall make additional tests or inspections of its meters at the request of the customer. If such tests show that the meter is accurate within 2%, slow or fast, no adjustment will be made in the customer's bill and a testing charge as designated by resolution of the Borough Council per meter shall be paid by the customer.[1] If the test shows that the meter is fast or slow by an amount in excess of 2%, an adjustment shall be made in the customer's bill over a period of not over 30 days prior to the date of the test, and the cost of making the test shall be borne by the distributor.
[1]
Editor's Note: Current testing charges are on file in the office of the Borough Clerk.
[1984 Code § 69-24]
The customer shall pay the costs of any special installation necessary to meet his peculiar requirements for service at other than standard voltages or for the supply of closer voltage regulations than required by standard practice.
[1984 Code § 69-25]
a. 
Temporary service will be supplied where and when the distributor has available facilities, at the rate applicable to such service. The customer shall be required to pay all costs for construction, connection and disconnection necessary for supplying and removing the service. While the charge for connection and disconnection shall be based upon the cost of providing such service, it shall in no case by less than $25. This section shall apply to circuses, carnivals, fairs, construction services, etc.
b. 
In the case where new residences or other buildings are being constructed and the electric service has been connected but the meter has not bee installed, builders shall be allowed to attach temporary service lines to the terminals of the meter socket for purposes of operating small electrical construction equipment, saws, drills, sanders, etc., upon obtaining a permit for a fee designated by resolution of the Borough Council.
[1984 Code § 69-26]
The schedule of rules and regulations is part of all contracts for receiving electric service from the distributor and is applied to all service received from the distributor, whether the service is based upon contract, agreement, signed application or otherwise.
[1984 Code § 69-27]
In case of conflict between any provisions of any rate schedule and the schedule of rules and regulations, the rate schedule shall apply.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also §§ 22-37.8, 22-38.12 and 22-39.18.
[1984 Code § 69-28]
Only employees of the distributor will be allowed to set meter or make connections to any of the distributor's lines.
[1984 Code § 69-29]
This schedule shall apply to electric service through one meter to customers in individual residences and any appurtenant outbuildings and in individual flats or apartments in multiple-family buildings, the major use of which is for lighting and household appliances for the personal comfort and convenience of the residents. In residential premises, the use of electric service by customers for purposes other than residential will be permitted only where the use is incidental to the residential use. Where a portion of a dwelling is used regularly for the conduct of business the electricity consumed in that portion so used will be separately metered and billed under the general service rate in Sections 22-12 and 22-15. If separate circuits are not provided by the customer, service to the entire premises shall be billed under the general service area.
[1984 Code § 69-30]
The service supplied under this schedule shall be alternating current, 60 cycles, generally single-based three-wire at approximately 115/230 volts. Other voltages or three-phase service will be supplied only after individual application is made and will be dependent upon the availability of the service in the area in which it is desired.
[1984 Code § 69-31; Ord. No. 728 § 1; Ord. No. 766 § 1; Ord. No. 875 § 1; Ord. No. 917 § 1; Ord. No. 946 § 1]
a. 
The monthly electrical service rates, central heating and air conditioning service rates and energy cost adjustment base costs for residential service are subject to periodic revision and shall be designated by ordinance of the Borough Council.
b. 
Window and portable air conditioning units serving 75% of the living area shall be considered central air conditioning as used in this section.
c. 
The central heating and air conditioning rates apply only to installations and equipment approved by the distributor and do not apply to electric devices used to supplement other sources of heat.
[1]
Editor's Note: Current rates, minimum rates and adjustments are available on file in the Borough Clerk's office.
[1984 Code § 69-32]
If in an apartment building or residential premises having two or more individual flats of apartments, separate metering of each individual flat or apartment is impractical so that billing directly to the individual tenants is not feasible, service may be rendered through a single meter, but the specified number of kilowatt-hours in each block of the above rate and the minimum charge shall be multiplied by the number of flats or apartments connected to the meter.
[1984 Code § 69-33; Ord. No. 1044 § II]
Bills will be rendered monthly and will show the net amount due within 30 days from the date of the bill. Bills remaining unpaid after the due date of such bills shall accrue interest, from the due date, at the maximum rate permitted for nonpayment of real property taxes in the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 or at such greater rate of interest as may hereafter be permitted by amendment to the statute or by adoption of a successor statute. All bills shall be paid at the office of the distributor or at such other offices designated. Failure to receive a bill, disputes arising over the bill, discontinuance of service and meter inaccuracy or meter failure are subject to the rules and regulations of the distributor and do not release the customer from payment obligation.
[1984 Code § 69-34]
Customers supplied under this schedule are subject to deposits, connection charges, fees, etc., as set forth in the rules and regulations of the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-35]
The contract can be terminated upon due notification of the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-36]
Service under this rate is subject to the rules and regulations as may be adopted by the resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[1984 Code § 69-37; Ord. No. 992 § 1]
This schedule is applicable to the general lighting and power service requirements of all stores, offices, professional, commercial or industrial establishments and all other applications outside the scope of the residential category where the customer's demand does not exceed 100 kilowatts. Residential service, when used through the same meter and in conjunction with general service, will be supplied under this rate unless the customer so separates and arranges his wiring that domestic use can be separately metered. The power requirements of the local schools, churches and other municipal operations will be billed according to this schedule except that in these cases, the demand charges shall be omitted.
[1984 Code § 69-38]
Service supplied shall be alternating current, single or three-phase 60 cycles. Voltage supplied will be at the discretion of the distribution and will be determined by the voltage available from distribution lines in the vicinity or other conditions.
[1984 Code § 69-39; Ord. No. 728 § 1; Ord. No. 766 § 1; Ord. No. 875 § 1; Ord. No. 917 § 1; Ord. No. 946 § 1; Ord. No. 996 § 1; Ord. No. 1024; Ord. No. 02-1123; Ord. No. 04-1171 §§ 1-3; Ord. No. 08-1264 §§ I, II; Ord. No. 08-1268 § I; Ord. No. 10-1311; Ord. No. 10-1316]
a. 
Monthly charges shall be as follows:
Residential Rates
Number of KWH
$10.38
First 20 kwh or less
$0.19
In excess of 20 kwh
b. 
Monthly Minimum Charge. The minimum monthly charge under the above rate will be the first 20 kilowatt hours usage or $10.38.
Excess of 300 kilowatt hours of $0.15 per kilowatt-hour, for heat pump service.
c. 
General Service. Monthly charges shall be as follows:
1. 
Customers that have a twelve-month average demand reading, based on the previous calendar year of 20 kW to 99.99 kW:
(a) 
Kilowatt Charge. First kilowatt of monthly maximum demand is included in the kilowatt hour charge; $22.85 per kilowatt for the next four kilowatts; $22.05 per kilowatt for each additional kilowatt of monthly maximum demand.
Notwithstanding the kilowatt charge paragraph above, the Governing Body is authorized to provide demand charge relief for certain not-for-profit organizations residing within the Borough of Milltown. The Governing Body shall provide said demand charge relief through the adoption of a resolution on an annual basis.
(b) 
Kilowatt Hour Charge.
$29.44
For the first 100 kwh or less used in each month
$0.1757
Per kwh for the next 400 kwh used in each month
$0.1507
Per kwh in excess of 500 kwh used in each month
2. 
Customers that have a twelve-month average demand reading, based on the previous calendar year, or less than 20 kW:
(a) 
Kilowatt Charge. First kilowatt of monthly maximum demand is included in the kilowatt hour charge; $15.99 per kilowatt for the next four kilowatts; $15.43 per kilowatt for each additional kilowatt of monthly maximum demand.
Notwithstanding the kilowatt charge paragraph above, the Governing Body is authorized to provide demand charge relief for certain not-for-profit organizations residing within the Borough of Milltown. The Governing Body shall provide said demand charge relief through the adoption of a resolution on an annual basis.
(b) 
Kilwatt Hour Charge.
$29.44
For the first 100 kwh or less used in each month
$0.1757
per kwh for the next 400 kwh used in each month
$0.1507
per kwh in excess of 500 kwh used in each month
d. 
Large Power and Lighting Service. Monthly charges shall be as follows:
1. 
Monthly Demand Charge.
$1,189
First 50 kW or less
$21.46
All in excess of 50 kW, per kW
2. 
Plus Monthly Energy Charge.
(a) 
From October 1 through May 31.
$1,089.19
First 5,000 kwh, or less
$0.2158
Per kwh in excess of 5,000 kwh
(b) 
From June 1 through September 30.
$1,089.19
First 5,000 kwh, or less
$0.2374
Per kwh in excess of 5,000 kwh
(c) 
Monthly Minimum Demand Charge. The minimum monthly charge under this schedule shall be one of the following, whichever shall be the highest amount:
(1) 
$1,285.10
(2) 
The demand charge calculated by use of a kilowatt value equal to 85% of the customer's highest demand measured in any of the previous 11 months.
e. 
Meter Pans and Hardware. The distributor shall no longer supply meter pans and hardware for purchase by customers. All customers shall, at their own cost and expense, provide all necessary meter pans and hardware, which shall meet standards and specifications of the distributor.
Note: The rates shall take effect with the August 1, 2010 billing.
[1984 Code § 69-40]
The minimum monthly charge under this schedule shall be the customer's demand charge, which shall not be less than 75% of the highest demand measured or calculated for any of the previous 11 months. The minimum charge shall, however, at no time be less than an amount equal to $1 times the kilovolt-ampere capacity contracted by the customer.
[1984 Code § 69-41]
a. 
The customer's monthly maximum demand shall be the greatest kilowatt demand occurring during this month as recorded by a demand meter supplied by the distributor, which measures the maximum kilowatt demand of a steady load over any period of 30 consecutive minutes.
b. 
Where no demand meter is installed, the customer's monthly maximum demand in any month shall be determined by dividing the kilowatt-hour use in such month by 100.
c. 
When a customer's electric service requirements exceed 1,000 kilowatt-hours in any month, the distributor will require the installation of a demand meter.
[1984 Code § 69-42]
The distributor reserves the right to measure the power factor of the customer's load at the point where the electrical energy is metered and, if found to be below 85% to correct the demand to a power factor of 85% for billing purposes by multiplying the demand by the required power factor and dividing the product by the measured power factor.
[1984 Code § 69-43]
When for any month the electric energy purchased by the distributor from public service is subject to a fuel adjustment charge, the additional cost per kilowatt-hour will be charged to each kilowatt hour consumer by the customer in the next succeeding month.
[1984 Code § 69-44; Ord. No. 1044 § III]
Bills will be rendered monthly and will show the net amount due within 30 days from the date of the bill. Bills remaining unpaid after the due date of such bills shall accrue interest, from the due date, at the maximum rate permitted for nonpayment of real property taxes in the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 or at such greater rate of interest as may hereafter be permitted by amendment to the statute or by adoption of a successor statute. All bills shall be paid at the office of the distributor or at such other offices designated. Failure to receive a bill, disputes arising over the bill, discontinuance of service and meter inaccuracy or meter failure are subject to the rules and regulations of the distributor and do not release the customer from payment obligation.
[1984 Code § 69-45]
Customers supplied under this schedule are subject to deposits, connection charges, fees, etc., as set forth in the rules and regulations of the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-46]
The above schedule is based upon reception of power through a single delivery and metering point and at a single voltage. Separate supply for the same customer at other points of use or of a different phase or voltage will be separately metered and billed.
[1984 Code § 69-47]
The term of contract shall be one year and thereafter until terminated by giving five days' notice.
[1984 Code § 69-48]
Service under this rate is subject to the rules and regulations as may be adopted by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[1984 Code § 69-49]
This schedule shall be applicable to general lighting and power service for customers contracting for a monthly demand of 100 kilowatts or more.
[1984 Code § 69-50]
Service supplied shall be alternating current, three-phase, 60 cycles. Voltage supplied will be at the discretion of the distributor and will be determined by the voltage available from distribution lines in the vicinity or other conditions.
[1984 Code § 69-51; Ord. No. 728 § 1; Ord. No. 766 § 1; Ord. No. 875 § 1; Ord. No. 917 § 1; Ord. No. 946 § 1]
The monthly electrical service rates for lighting and power service for high demand customers are subject to periodic revision and shall be designated by ordinance of the Borough Council.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Current service rates and maximum charges are available on file in the Borough Clerk's office.
[1984 Code § 69-52]
The minimum monthly energy usage will be calculated by multiplying the monthly demand charge by 150.
[1984 Code § 69-53]
a. 
As an application guide for three-phase service, but subject to a separate determination in each specific case, the following demands are to be considered as the limits for the types of service indicated:
Nominal Three-Phase Service Voltage
Limits of Kilovolt-Ampere Demand
120/208 volts
75-1,500
120/240 volts
15-150
240 volts
30-1,500
265/460 volts
50-3,000
4 kilovolts
150-3,000
b. 
Since many technical factors, such as customers' equipment requirements, size and type of load and location with respect to the Borough facilities, limit the type of service which is applicable, the service voltage shall be at the discretion of the Borough after consideration of the factors.
[1984 Code § 69-54]
The customer's monthly maximum demand shall be the greatest kilowatt demand occurring during the month as recorded by a demand meter, supplied by the distributor, which measures the maximum kilowatt demand of a steady load over any period of 30 consecutive minutes.
[1984 Code § 69-55]
The distributor reserves the right to measure the power factor of the customer's load at the point where the electrical energy is metered and, if found to be below 85% to correct the demand to a power factor of 85% for billing purposes by multiplying the demand by the required power factor and dividing the product by the measured power factor.
[1984 Code § 69-56]
When for any month the electric energy purchased by the distributor from public service is subject to a fuel adjustment charge, the additional cost per kilowatt-hour will be charged to each kilowatt-hour consumed by the customer in the next succeeding month.
[1984 Code § 69-57]
Each three-phase customer shall, at his own expense, maintain reasonable phase load balance between phases. Service unbalance shall not exceed 30% of the kilowatt billing demand. If phase unbalance is not maintained within this limit, the billing demand shall be increased to three times the maximum phase kilovolt-ampere for each month that the unbalance limit is exceeded beyond the time limit set by the distributor for elimination of the exceeding unbalance limit.
[1984 Code § 69-58; Ord. No. 1044 § IV]
Bills will be rendered monthly and will show the net amount due within 30 days from the date of the bill. Bills remaining unpaid after the due date of such bills shall accrue interest, from the due date, at the maximum rate permitted for nonpayment of real property taxes in the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 or at such greater rate of interest as may hereafter be permitted by amendment to the statute or by adoption of a successor statute. All bills shall be paid at the office of the distributor or at such other offices designated. Failure to receive a bill, disputes arising over the bill, discontinuance of service and meter inaccuracy or meter failure are subject to the rules and regulations of the distributor and do not release the customer from payment obligation.
[1984 Code § 69-59]
Customers supplied under this schedule are subject to deposits, connection charges, fees, etc., as set forth in the rules and regulations of the distributor.
[1984 Code § 69-60]
The rates referred to subsection 22-39.3 are based upon reception of power through a single delivery and metering point and at a single voltage. Separate supply for the same customer at other points of use or of a different phase or voltage will be separately metered and billed except where, by determination of the distributor, there may be an economic or other advantage in providing service at more than one location or voltage.
[1984 Code § 69-61]
a. 
For new installations where the customer's desired capacity is greater than 300 kilovolt-amperes, the distributor shall require a deposit equal to the entire cost of the new facilities needed to supply such service. The deposit, without interest, shall be returned over a period of five years at the rate of 20% of continuous service. If service is discontinued at any time during the five-year period, that portion of the deposit which has not been refunded as of the date of discontinuance shall be forfeited.
b. 
Where it is necessary to provide additional facilities to serve the increased requirements of an existing customer, the distributor may require the customer to deposit an amount equal to the cost of such additional facilities. This deposit shall be refunded without interest over a five year period in a manner similar to that outlined in paragraph a.
[1984 Code § 69-62]
The distributor shall normally install all the transformation required to supply the customer with power at a required or desired voltage. In cases where the voltage required is nonstandard, where the power required is unusually large or where the capacity required is out of proportion to use due to the occasional intermittent, momentary or low load factor operation of the customer's system, the distributor may require the customer to install his own transformation and will supply power only at 4,150 volts. Plans and specifications for the customer's transformation installation shall be approved by the distributor prior to installation or construction.
[1984 Code § 69-63]
The distributor may require contributions toward its investment and may establish such minimum charges and facilities charges as may be equitable under the circumstances where:
a. 
Large or special investment is necessary for the supply of service.
b. 
Oversized transformers, feeders or other special facilities are installed to serve a customer using equipment in such a manner that the use of electric service is intermittent or subject to violent fluctuations.
c. 
The capacity required to serve the customer's equipment is out of proportion to the use of electric service due to the occasional, intermittent, momentary or low load factor operation of the customer's system.
[1984 Code § 69-64]
a. 
One watt-hour meter, equipped where necessary with a demand measuring and registering device, will be furnished and installed by the distributor for each separate service drop or separately billed rate schedule under which a customer receives service.
b. 
Additional meters may be installed for reasons, operating or other, determined by the distributor or at the request of the customer. Such additional meter installations shall be subject to the billing procedures set forth in the following regulation, paragraph c.
c. 
Where more than one meter is furnished and installed for operation reasons established by the distributor as set forth in subsection 22-39.12, the kilowatt-hour use measured by the meters will be combined for billing purposes. The customer's monthly maximum demand, where measured, shall also be the sum of the individual maximum kilowatt demands. Where more than one meter is furnished and installed at the request of the customer, the kilowatt-hour use and kilowatt demand measured by each meter will be billed separately.
d. 
Bills will be based upon the registration on the distributor's meters. The distributor will select the type and make of metering equipment and may, from time to time, change or alter such equipment. The sole obligation of the distributor shall be to supply meters that will accurately and adequately furnish records for billing purposes.
e. 
The distributor shall seal or lock all its meters and all its enclosures containing meters and associated metering equipment, entrance breakers or unmetered wiring. Only authorized employees of the distributor shall be permitted to break or remove seals or locks.
[1984 Code § 69-65]
The term of the contract shall be one year and thereafter until terminated by giving five days' notice.
[1984 Code § 69-66]
Service under this schedule is subject to the rules and regulations as may be adopted by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 1; Ord. No. 13-1383]
To assure safety and the optimum value for both the customer and the Municipal Utility, it is essential for the customer to consult with the utility before purchasing, constructing, operating, or interconnecting any self-generation equipment to the system. No self-generating equipment may be connected to the Municipal Utility unless the customer notifies the Municipal Utility and all necessary equipment, in the opinion of the Municipal Utility, is properly installed to isolate the generating equipment from the Municipal Utility System.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 2; Ord. No. 12-1361 § 2; Ord. No. 13-1383]
a. 
No self-generating equipment or facility may be connected to the Municipal Utility without express authorization from the Municipal Utility and unless the requirements contained in this Rule are fully and completely satisfied.
b. 
Customer shall provide complete plans and specifications of the proposed equipment, including a single-line diagram and details of proposed protective schemes. Plans must be certified by an electrical engineer. Upon receipt of the certified plans and a fee of $2,500, as provided in paragraph 2.g below to compensate the Municipal Utility for the cost of engineering services provided herein, the Municipal Utility will review the plans and specifications provided by the customer. Any review of plans by the Municipal Utility does not constitute approval of the correctness of customer's plans.
c. 
Installation must be in compliance with the National Electrical Code and all applicable municipal, County, and Federal codes or regulations.
d. 
Prior to connection to the Municipal Utility System, the equipment and interconnection shall be inspected by the Municipal Utility or its qualified representative. Inspections undertaken by the Municipal Utility shall be undertaken solely for the purpose of determining compliance with the proposed plans and for the safety and integrity of the Municipal Utility System. Nothing done by the Municipality Utility inspector shall constitute approval or waiver by any other inspector who may be authorized to inspect such facility and interconnection, including, but not limited to, the building and electrical subcode officials of the Borough.
e. 
Prior to interconnection with the Municipal Utility System, customer shall enter into a written agreement with the Municipal Utility. In addition to the operating provisions contained in these Rules, this agreement shall permit unlimited right of entry to the customer's property for safety reasons or to disconnect whenever the Municipal Utility believes that continued operation of the self-generation equipment could result in harm to the Municipal Utility System or to a customer of the Municipal Utility. Municipal Utility employees shall have the right to inspect and test the interconnection facilities during reasonable hours. This agreement also shall require the safe operation of the equipment or facility, indemnification of the Municipal Utility for damages of any type, including, but not limited to direct, consequential, punitive damages, to the Municipal Utility or any other customer as a result of the operation of the self-generation equipment or facility. The agreement shall contain such other provisions as are appropriate for the protection and safe operation of the Municipal Utility.
f. 
The customer shall be responsible for the safe operation of the self-generation equipment and shall be responsible for all costs of repairs, corrections, or updating of interconnection facilities.
g. 
Customer shall be financially responsible for all costs of interconnection, including, but not limited to, review of the plans for equipment and the proposed isolation scheme, voltage regulation, wiring, labor, special metering, and inspection. Municipal Utility shall provide a good faith estimate of the cost of reviewing the plans, inspections, and for the cost of all equipment that may be necessary to interconnect the self-generating equipment with the Municipal Utility, and customer shall pay the Municipal Utility the full amount of the good faith estimate. Any amounts not expended shall be returned to the customer. Any additional costs reasonably incurred by the Municipal Utility to complete the interconnection with the customer shall be paid to the Municipal Utility prior to interconnection. Customer shall be responsible for the cost of periodic testing of the interconnection facilities.
h. 
Customer shall not change any aspect of the operation, the wiring, the controls, or the interconnection of the self-generation equipment without first providing prior written notice to the Municipal Utility of all proposed changes to the plans or the as-built drawings, as the case may be. All changes or proposed changes shall be certified by an electrical engineer, in the same manner as provided in paragraph a above. This information is essential for determining whether the existing interconnection equipment is adequate for the requirements and for safety reasons in the event of emergency cutoff. Customer shall pay all reasonable engineering fees incurred by the Municipal Utility to review and inspect the proposed changes to the installation.
i. 
Self-generating equipment that is intended to operate in parallel with the Municipal Utility shall be subject to a contract that provides for such interconnected parallel operation.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 3]
a. 
For facilities intended to operate in synchronization with the Municipal Utility:
1. 
The interconnection point between the self-generator and the Municipal Utility shall be on the customer's side of the designated metering location. It shall operate in synchronization with the municipal system.
2. 
Electrical quality must be 60 Hz, alternating current having voltage and phase characteristics acceptable to the Municipal Utility. Operation of the self-generating unit shall not result in flicker, voltage fluctuations, interference with electronic equipment, or damage to Municipal Utility or customer-owned equipment.
3. 
Equipment shall be capable of being manually and automatically isolated from the Municipal Utility System within a maximum of 10 seconds, and provide for automatic disconnection from utility lines that have been deenergized.
4. 
All costs incurred to interconnect the self-generation equipment shall be the responsibility of the customer.
b. 
For generating equipment not intended to operate as interconnected generating facilities:
1. 
Customer shall install all equipment, switches and devices necessary to allow such facility that is capable of being served by the generating equipment to be electrically isolated from the Municipal Utility.
2. 
All generating equipment subject to this subsection shall be designed so that it is incapable of being operated unless it is isolated and disconnected from the Municipal Utility.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 4; Ord. No. 12-1361 § 3; Ord. No. 13-1383]
a. 
All metering costs associated with the interconnection or the interconnected operation of the equipment shall be the responsibility of the customer.
b. 
Any deliveries to the Municipal Utility shall be through a separate billing meter or a meter that registers imported kWh and exported kWh separately. Reversing meters are not permitted. All meters shall be utility grade.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 5; Ord. No. 13-1383]
a. 
Municipal Utility and customer shall enter into an agreement that addresses all purchase and payment obligations.
b. 
Rates for the purchase of excess energy shall be the Municipal Utility's avoided cost. The avoided cost shall be equal to the rate paid for energy by the Municipal Utility under its wholesale contract in effect at the time of the purchase of excess energy from the customer. Where the Municipal Utility holds two or more wholesale contracts, the avoided cost shall be the average rate paid for energy under all contracts in effect at the time of the purchase of excess energy from the customer.
c. 
Customer shall be compensated for any excess energy purchased by the Municipal Utility on a monthly basis in the form of a credit on the customer's utility bill. Any credit balance on a customer's utility bill at the end of each calendar year shall be refunded to the customer.
[Ord. No. 05-1221 § 6]
In the event that any section, paragraph, clause, term, provision, or part of this section shall be adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction, to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation, to the section, paragraph, clause, term, provision, or part thereof, directly involved in the controversy, in such judgment shall be rendered.