SYRACUSE — Marc Hollinger, representing Aspen Energy, requested council’s support to place co-operative energy on the upcoming ballot.
Energy aggregation increases the number of purchasing options for consumers, which Hollinger described as “a platform for bundling 100 households together to get better rates than they could get on their own.”
If the initiative passed, it would automatically give Syracuse residents access to the additional plans. Due to misconceptions, this often provokes ire from people believing they are forced into buying plans without consent.
“I’ve been at well over 1,000 meetings, so I know (the misconceptions). We don’t want upset residents thinking they are stuck with this,” said Hollinger, while explaining there are never opt out penalties.
“If it’s going to save citizens money, then I think we should support this, especially if there are no penalties,” Councilperson Scott Wolfe.
Not having three scheduled meetings prior to the filing deadline, the council passed support as an emergency motion.
Also approved for the ballot was a 2 mill police levy renewal.
The council passed motions to consult architects on a salt storage building and a proposed shelter house, and $10,000 and $5,000 were appropriated to the Fire Department and Police Department pending reimbursement grants.
Bills were paid after referral to the finance committee.
The next regularly scheduled Syracuse Village Council meeting is July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Syracuse Municipal Building.
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.