October 17, 2021

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Teaneck question on clean energy aggregation

TEANECK — The township will have a question on the ballot this month asking voters to approve a switch to a green energy supplier.

A group called Food & Water Watch and five residents petitioned to have a question placed on the ballot about whether the council should approve the “community energy aggregation program ordinance,” which would change the energy service provider to residents. Residents would have to opt out if they did not want their energy supplier changed.

An energy aggregation program allows a municipality to make bulk purchases of energy, which residents can buy for lower cost or to meet clean energy goals. 

The township will have not one but two questions on the ballot this fall, both of which required court involvement. A judge ordered earlier this month that the green energy initiative be placed on the ballot after it was initially rejected by the municipal clerk.

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