Sunbury’s energy broker Scott Belcastro, Trebel LLC, was in chambers during the Wednesday, May 21, Sunbury Village Council meeting in response to a call he received from Council member Scott Weatherby.
Village residents have an opt-out electricity governmental aggregation program Belcastro brokered between the village and Border Energy; but a woman going door-to-door marketing a competing electricity aggregation program approached Weatherby outside his home and told Weatherby that Trebel, Border Energy, and the village had been lying to residents about the Border Energy program.
“My industry is becoming a pretty dirty business; there’s less integrity than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Belcastro said. “If you want action against these types of sales people you need to take action yourself. You need to call the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and file a formal complaint. If you can get that lady’s name we may be able to go back and reverse every action she’s taken, but it has to come from you guys.”
Weatherby said that even if the saleswoman’s firm could beat Border Energy’s savings on electricity she was still not marketing ethically.
“People are sick of being called on,” Weatherby said. “They’re tired of door to door sales people, and they want it to end.”
Belcastro said Trebel LLC and Border Energy both operate with a tremendous amount of integrity.
“More and more this business is not about the rate you get; it’s about the contract you sign,” Belcastro said. “One way to take action is to remove these individuals from your community.”
Belcastro said if Sunbury residents have any concerns about Trebel or Border Energy’s opt-out electricity aggregation program he would come back and speak with them in a public forum, or they are welcome to call him.
“All residents have to do is compare us on the PUCO website,” Belcastro said. “We guarantee 15 percent off of the AEP generation and transmission fee, there’s no early termination fee. We have the best numbers out there. People like the program; and they’re welcome to leave the program when they want. I confident that over time the program will grow.”