On this evening's (Tuesday, 09/18/2012) relatively unadvertised Point Borough Council agenda is a presentation by three prospective third party energy providers at 7pm.
The Borough is looking into entering into an energy aggregation agreement with one of these three providers to supply cheaper electric, not only to the Borough's facilities, but to each individual homeowner without their initial consent.
The homeowner does have the opportunity to opt out of this agreement if they find a better agreement or rate with another third party supplier that they would prefer; but at this point it appears there would be no other recourse other than to go through the opt-out process afterwards.
There is some question as to whether you are required to be automatically enrolled into this energy aggregation agreement if you have already signed on with a third party energy supplier; hopefully some answers will come out tonight.
It should be noted that the agenda that was provided to me, and others, does NOT have the executive session at the beginning of the meeting; so everyday public business will begin at 7pm and not the normal 7:15 or 7:20. (Agenda is attached.)
These presentations are currently scheduled to be third on the agenda (after Committee Reports and the Mayor's Report).
I admit, while I have a vested interest (being a representative for a third party energy supplier which is not one of those presenting tonight) in whether or not this program goes through, I would never try to put the wrench in the works for something that could save the town itself money; and anyone who has honestly seen or worked with me knows this. But there are unanswered questions that could possibly be answered this evening.
I just hope that it just isn't smoke and mirrors used to mask real savings to the Borough that could be obtained through other methods and tasks with a little effort and camaraderie between ALL parties.
This is why I posted this blog post; I feel all residents should have an opportunity to know what is going on and know who is making decisions and how they are being made for them.
Editor's note: Municipalities are not required by state law to advertise agendas, only to advertise the date, time and place of local governing body meetings. Agendas for tonight's meeting are available through the clerk's office and at tonight's meeting at a table in the front of the room.