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Posted on: September 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] More info on Sustainable Westchester ESCO-why some residents did not receive mailing

If you previously opted out -you won't get another letter. You have opted out of the ESCO for life and don't have to take further action

Last day to pay first half of school taxes is Friday. This is a friendly reminder. 
I continue to receive many e mails and calls from Greenburgh residents who have questions about the ESCO Greenburgh and 23 communities are participating in. Some residents are upset because there is an opt out provision- meaning everyone is signed up unless they opt out.  Residents received a letter from Sustainable Westchester recently with info. IF you did not receive a letter it means that you will not be enrolled in the ESCO for the reasons listed below.  Local governments that participate with Sustainable Westchester were not given an opt in option--only the opt out.
Please be advised that it's easy to opt out. If the phone number of the ESCO is busy you can e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com and I will personally make sure that you are opted out. Con Ed rates are currently lower than the ESCO. But --Con Ed rates are expected to go up this winter by as much as 30%. So, it's very possible that you will save money by staying in the ESCO.  But, it's possible you won't. 
The benefit of the ESCO is that rates are fixed for the life of the contract---they can't go up or down from November of this year  till October 31, 2024. The energy market is very volatile.  Con Ed rates could skyrocket. We don't know what will happen a few months from now.   Con Ed rates are not fixed --they can go up or down.
I plan to post on the town website comparisons each month- comparing Con Ed rates with the ESCO. 

why you may not have received a letter from the ESCO:1. You are already with another ESCO supplier (we sometimes find some folks signed on long ago and have not realized they are still with them)2. You had previously opted out before3. You have a block on your account that you set up with Con Ed, perhaps after an annoying experience with an ESCO.4. You moved or otherwise changed your account number after this batch of data was produced for us by Con Edison.or, are not eligible because5. You're not actually located in one of the participating communities.6. You participate in the utility "HEAP" program (Home Energy Assistance Program)
And there is no fee to come in or exit at any time so if you see utility rates rising and change your mind, it's easy to enroll via the web form (https://sustainablewestchester.org/wp/conedenergychoices), or you can call (914) 242-4725 x 111.PAUL FEINER

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