If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That is how I see the Philipstown Town Board’s foray into Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). Under the CCA, which the Town Board approved unanimously, Philipstown will join other communities to purchase electricity for its residents from an Energy Service Company (ESCO).
The board has been told by an energy industry consultant that if it joins forces with other local communities, it will have the leverage to get cheap, fixed-rate, green power from an ESCO, beating out what Central Hudson can offer. The reality is that the ESCO industry in New York is rife with fraud and deceptive sales practices and ESCOs regularly charge more than utilities. With respect to green energy, there just isn’t enough supply to go around, which is what a CCA in Westchester recently discovered.
Most of us recognize that global warming is the single greatest threat we face, but false promises in slick marketing presentations are not solutions. At best, the CCA will be a disappointment. At worst, it will be a quagmire for the town.
Diana Hird, Cold Spring