Green power’s lure attracts village, town eyes it too

VALATIE—The village plans to switch to a new company for its electric service and the Town of Kinderhook is considering whether to switch as well. If both governments make the change, they would join several other local municipalities, including the county, that expect to save on energy costs by choosing a new supplier that says its power comes from environmentally friendly sources.

Pat Manning, a former assemblyman who now works with local governments as a sales agent for Viridian Energy, addressed both the town and village boards this week about the using Viridian, which he says gets energy from mostly green sources. Mr. Manning is also working with the towns of Greenport and Chatham and the City of Hudson, among others.

At a very short Kinderhook Town Board meeting March 10, Mr. Manning said the town would see substantial savings by using Viridian to supply electricity to town owned buildings. He attributed Viridian’s lower rates to power generated by green technologies, like wind and solar.

Supervisor Pat Grattan told Mr. Manning to get in touch with town Treasurer Dee Spain to review Kinderhook’s current municipal energy expenses.

At the Valatie board meeting Tuesday, March 11, Mr. Manning again promoted the potential savings aspect, saying the village could sign up for a rate of 9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh), while right now Valatie is paying 19.5 cents per kwh. Mr. Manning said that National Grid’s rates are based on who provides the energy to the utility on the open market. He said utilities like National Grid generally go with providers that are “expensive and dirtiest.”

The village adopted a motion to switch to Viridian, which has its headquarters in Stamford, CT.

“It’s the real deal,” Mr. Manning told both boards.

Mr. Manning told the Village Board Tuesday that the Town Board “will be going over in March” to using power from Viridian. But town Supervisor Pat Grattan said Wednesday that the Town Board has not made a decision but has asked Mr. Manning for a proposal.

Mr. Manning recommended to both boards that they go with fixed rates for several months, and if the board wants to stop using the company within the fixed rate period there is a $50 penalty.

The town and the Village of Valatie share the cost of heating and electricity for the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, where both municipalities now have their offices. The town pays 62% of the costs, while the village pays 38%, due to the amount of the building each uses. Town Court and a county Sheriff’s Office substation are housed the building as well. The town also has a highway department garage. The town and village pay for street lights. And the village has energy bills from the sewer treatment planet and the senior center.

“I think it’s a big savings for us,” said Valatie Board Member Frank Bevens.

Also at the Town Board meeting the board acknowledged continuing training completed by town Planning Board members Guy Rivenburgh and Mary Keegan-Cavagnaro. “Thanks for doing that above and beyond the regular meetings,” Supervisor Grattan said of the training.

The next Town Board meeting will be Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Building.

At the Valatie meeting the Village Board:

Adopted a motion allowing the Tri-Village Seniors to use a room in the Martin H. Glynn Building with the stipulation that the town of Kinderhook pay the heating and electricity costs associated for that room and not split the costs with the village. The Village Board supports the Valatie Senior Center, and the town has traditional supported the Tri-Village group, which lost their room in the building in Volunteer Park when the boiler broke.

Announced that village elections will be held Tuesday, March 18 at the Martin H. Glynn Building from noon to 9 p.m. Trustees Angelo Nero and David Williams are running unopposed for reelection

Scheduled a budget meeting for March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Building.

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