The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council shut down a controversial electricity aggregation proposal that had residents up in arms.
The proposal was up for second reading and adoption on Tuesday, but it never got as far as a vote since none of the councilman would second the motion.
Under the ordinance, the township would have hired Gabel Associates, Inc. to implement a procurement process for a third-party supplier to provide power supply to Parsippany residents. If passed, the township would have released requirements for the proposal, where a third-party supplier would be invited to supply the town’s electricity. It would not serve those residents who already have a third-party supplier.
Small businesses would have the option to opt into the contract, different from the residential policy that would require townspeople to opt-out.
Afte a presentation on Aug. 8, restless residents quickly unglued from the auditorium seats to add their two cents.
“This thing has really frosted me,” said Parsippany resident Steve Kaplan. “I keep saying ‘no, no, no, no’…Well I’m out. Do not pass this. Don’t save me money. I don’t need the government helping me. I said no, now don’t put your hands in this…Stop this ridiculousness.”
Other residents, also distraught over “big government dictating” their transactions, were not at a loss for words.
“I’m concerned about being forced to depend on someone else if I say no!” said another resident. “I’m old-school, I depend on myself. I’ve elected not to go into this. And I’ll tell you right now… I’m out.”
Another resident, Pat Petaccia, said, “I’m upset. I don’t like being sold. And I want to know from the council – did you speak to anyone besides Gabel? Did any third-parties come in?”
Business Administrator Jasmine Lim said, “They (Gabel) are consultants, not a provider. They only make recommendations to towns with who to go with and on what terms.”
At least 20 residents spoke on the plan, with few showing support.