To the Editor:
Like many residents who have heard Councilman Dan Welsh praise the virtues of Energize Westchester and its plan that enrolls taxpayers in an energy purchasing plan for green energy, I remain confused.
By his own admission, it is highly possible that the plan will cost taxpayers more and will have no effect on the percentage of green energy that gets fed to the town on the grid. If everyone in our community were to enroll, the percentage of carbon free energy that would actually reach us would remain the same (and most likely reduce significantly when Indian Point is closed).
More concerning is that enrolling, in this attempt at social engineering, is automatic and requires taxpayers to OPT -OUT if they are not interested. This trick that relies on the fact that homeowners are so busy with their daily lives that only a small percentage will actually take the time to do so.
I don't doubt Councilman Welsh's sincerity, but considering that several years ago he left his job in IT to become the paid program director of the very plan he is now hawking before the town board at televised meetings where he sits as an officer, his actions may be a potential ethical violation under both our Town Code and the State General Municipal Law.
I understand the goals of the program and would encourage anyone interested to enroll. The choice, should be theirs, however, by way of an OPT-IN process. Additionally, in the interest of full disclosure, at the time they make their choice they should be advised of Mr. Welsh's potential conflict.
Very truly yours,
Andrea Carapella Rendo