The following are highlights only from today's Gazette article: Croton Passes on Bulk Electricity
-Editor's note: Everything Croton continues to receive anonymous comments insisting that the head of Sustainable Westchester (former mayor Leo Wiegman) is an unpaid Executive Director of the organization. This is false. It has already been established in multiple forums that Mr. Wiegman is salaried.
Highlights from the article which you are encouraged to read in its entirety:
--Residents and small businesses who use Con Ed have already been placed into the program automatically. To get out, they must affirmatively opt out of the program.
--The vote was 3-2; Trustees Pugh and Gallelli voted for the CCA Memorandum of Understanding/contract; Trustees Walsh and Anderson, and Mayor Schmidt voted against.
--The Gazette states: The former all-Democrat board, under the administration of Mayor Wiegman, would have almost assuredly have passed the measure....After Mayor Wiegman, a private energy consultant was appointed Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester last year, he recused himself during deliberations and votes regarding Sustainable Westchester and CCA (Editor's Note: all such votes were carried unanimously by the all Democrat board without exception. In short, instead of these votes being 5-0, they were 4-0.)
--Under questioning at the recent board meeting, Sustainable Westchester's representative admitted repeatedly that they cannot guarantee you will receive a lower rate. Indeed The Gazette states: "Under one of the expected CCA bidding scenarios, instead of guaranteeing rates lower than Con Ed's (or NYSE&G's), bidders could propose a fixed rate on an average of Con Ed rates over the prior 12-month period. To that extent, if Con Ed or NYSEG rateswere to decrease over the two or three year period of the Sustainable Westchester/CCA contract with the chosen ESCO, it is possible that Sustainable Westchester's rates could be higher." (Also both Trustee Walsh and Mayor Schmidt, per the Gazette, "noted that Sustainable Westchester 'cannot guarantee' that its charges would be lower than Con Ed's.")
--While Mayor Schmidt said he fully supports the concept of a CCA, he "continued to say he had several unanswered questions which needed to be responded to, such as what Sustainable Westchester will be doing with the significant amount of profits it would realize as the supplier to possibly 100,000 plus Westchester customers."
--The SW representative was asked if the board could be given an additional two weeks to consider the proposal, get answers etc. The SW answer was no. It does not PER THE GAZETTE "conform to their timetable".
--Mr. Walsh stated that he would have voted for the program if it had been an "opt in" program (where you the consumer get to decide). He also stated that he didn't believe enough residents were aware of the program.
PETITION UPDATE, EDITOR'S NOTE: Unfortunately we continue to get reports of petitions circulating in the village in which the unknown carriers are insisting that savings are guaranteed, can be as high as 10%, and that the program is 100% renewable. This is simply not true. It is their stated intent to force a re-vote "yes" into the Wiegman program. In addition, an email is circulating--and several residents have sent your editor copies--in which the writer states that the program will "serve to lower our
electricity rates". Once again, per Sustainable Westchester's own representatives and in the Gazette, there are NO guarantees that your rates will be lower.