Important post about ElectriCities of North Carolina at a glance updated 10.2.08

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Wilson NC - City leaders explore electric contract options (ElectriCities)

Wilson NC - Council to hear about ElectriCities Thursday

Realeigh NC - ElectriCities CEO does not get raise

ElectriCities Comments - Why secrets about our money?

Rocky Mount NC - Citizen Petition to the Rocky Mount City Council and Board of ElectriCities of NC

Tarboro NC - Citizen Petition to the Tarboro City Council and Board of ElectriCities of NC

Rocky Mount NC - Electronic petitions call for electric rate cuts

Elizabeth City NC - EC bracing for new rate hike Olson: ElectriCities’ costs ‘not looking good’

ElectriCities - Will you sign a citizen petition to City Councils and ElectriCities Board of Directors?

Letters to editor - ElectriCities: Two black council members are razzed in the paper and Tilton sends out accolades on Mayor Stultz so he can suck up to her

Letters to editor - ElectriCities Selective PR

Raleigh NC - ElectriCities: See who went to Washington to Help Low-Income Families

Raleigh NC - ElectriCities Board Website

Wilson NC - ElectriCities: You damn right it is personal and it should be personal to all who are affected

Letters to the editor: Move A Mountain of Economic Disaster (ElectriCities)

Wilson NC - Rick Dew comments to Wilson City Council meeting Thursday

Wilson NC - Dew draws mayor's ire during council meeting

ElectriCities of North Carolina - ElectriCities Board of Directors, what is wrong with this picture?

Wilson NC - NCEMPA seeks more control Knight and others have no power

Rocky Mount NC - City backs beach trip, spending as it relates to ElectriCities

ElectriCities Concerns - Letter to editor: Electricities and spending

Letters to editor - ElectriCities: What we have done

Rocky Mount NC - Leaders seek aid for utility bills

ElectriCities Concerns - Comments: I was told by Fred Turnage that it was way more complicated than I thought.

Wilson NC - Share your concerns about ElectriCities with Rochelle Moore, WDT

Rocky Mount NC - ElectriCities retreat cost city more than $11,500

Wilson NC - Ricardo Dew is doing a great job of holding ElectriCities accountable

Wilson NC - Cities must hold ElectriCities accountable

Tarboro NC - ElectriCities meeting costs town $5,318

Wilson NC - Ricardo Dew urges Council to hold group accountable

Wilson NC - ElectricCities board approves new policies

Wilson NC - ElectriCities's Staff Lobbyists

North Carolina - Call the ElectriCities Board NOW

Elizabeth City NC - Tab for council's S.C. trip is $6.9K Taxpayers foot bill for ElectriCities event

Elizabeth City NC - Geddie: S.C. trip waste of taxpayer money

Ricardo Dew is doing a great job of holding ElectriCities Accountable

North Carolina - Call the ElectriCities Board NOW

Wilson NC - ElectricCities board approves new policies

Raleigh NC - Power bills to jolt some in Triangle ( N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency)

Call the ElectriCities Board NOW

Rocky Mount NC - Guess who signed the Articles of Incorporation for ElectriCities?

What are your Electricity Rates?

Wilson NC - ElectriCities's Contract Lobbyists

Rocky Mount NC - ElectriCities spends 647,058 on lawyers

Wilson NC - ElectriCities's Staff Lobbyists

Wilson NC - Electric rates are a cry for voter action

Wilson NC - Ricardo Dew urges Council to hold group accountable

Wilson NC - Electric rates are astronomical, unconscionable by Mark L. Bibbs Atty.

Wilson NC - Rein in ElectriCities' spending

Wilson NC ElectriCities can save money with simple cuts

Elizabeth City NC - Councilwoman Hummer in Elizabeth City: Outraged about ElectriCities Conference

Wilson NC - Cities need to pressure ElectriCities

ElectriCities meeting to cost $175,000

Rocky Mount NC - Rate hike prompts customer outrage ElectriCities' spending on lobbyists raises furor

Wilson NC - Tarboro's Sam Noble’s proposal eliminates board’s pay

Wilson NC - Andre Knight presented this statement on behalf of Rocky Mount City Council at this week's ElectriCities meeting

Wilson NC - Press Release: Citizens and Business Uniting for Leadership, Excellence and Responsibility (ElectriCities)

Rocky Mount NC - ElectriCities needs questioning

Originally posted Sun, 08/10/2008

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Tarboro, Wilson, Rocky Mount and Elizabeth City at a glance

Tarboro NC - ElectriCities at a glance as it relates to Tarboro

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Rocky Mount NC - ElectriCities at a glance as it relates to Rocky Mount

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"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

My friend, you are good

This is helpful to have all of these links pulled. The issue certainly is spreading but frankly since Wilson and Rocky Mount are two of the three largest cities in the east, that should be sufficient. We can send this and continue to spread the word.

I have been told there are numerous letters out and to newspapers.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Interesting timing

http://archive.wilsontimes.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/wil/archive/2007/November/2...

This story is pretty amusing given the turn of events. I think we found that there is evidence the CEO Jesse Tilton knew his interest rates were rising the month before this story and we know the rest of the story - bingo - $12 million later we have 2% of the rate increase. Of course no one else knew and no one told the Wilson Times. It was a big secret.

And, if I remember correctly there were discussions about oil prices then and was not the price of coal already on the rise with increased use worldwide, so ... why did Wilson get this story and why was ElectriCities putting out this rather definitive word.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Press Conference

Seems to me we have plenty of people on board and are ready to have a press conference just before the August 22 board meeting. Thoughts?

If we can finish getting info pulled together we have people who have sent information for Dan's chart too. So we could unveil that as well.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Press conferences

Numbers of people help. Visibility helps. Press conferences helps.

The media are stretched thin as paper these days, with layoffs running wild. Journalists are not a happy lot, getting criticism from all quarters, including here. That makes it easier to get stories in some cases - and harder in others.

Being well-organized, having clarity about who is calling for what, have catchy ideas, it all add us. Having content that's easy to access (electronic) posted somewhere they can grab. Give them links to something (could be your blog here) so that can copy quotes and repurpose them easily.

Here's your slogan:

You get what you pay for.
Fred Turnage

We're getting screwed.

Still need a name. Do you have something yet? Have a contest. Here's a possibility.

CASE Citizens for Accountability and Stewardship at ElectriCities

Put "our" in front and it would be OUR CASE. :)

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The NC Family Policy Council doesn't speak for my family

Electric Rates and other cities; see Lucama re what they say

Apex
http://www.apexnc.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2370&PN=1

Clayton
http://www.city-data.com/forum/raleigh-durham-chapel-hill-cary/33697-clayton-post541267.html

I don't see any benefit to living in the city limits of CLayton. Infact, 6 years ago when we were house-searching in Clayton we specifically we looking to buy a home outside the city limits. If you live within the city limits (and we have friends that do), you have to pay whatever they're charging for trash/sewer & water. Then they sell you electricity at their outrageous rates, you pay to the Town of Clayton for electric, not Progress Energy. Anyone I know who lives in the city limits complains about the electric rates.

From Lucama's web site ... http://townoflucama.org/electric.asp
This is a blast on Wilson and NCEMPA

Lucama is, however, one of only a handful of municipalities in North Carolina that do not take their power supplies from one of the state’s two large municipal power agencies. These two power agencies, which are called the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) and the North Carolina Municipal Power Agency No. 1 (NCMPA1), are both heavily indebt and have rates that are, in general, 20% to 30% higher than those of the state’s two large investor-owned utilities, Duke Power and Progress Energy Carolinas. Lucama’s largest neighbor, the City of Wilson, is a member of NCEMPA and has residential electric rates that are approximately 20% higher than those of Lucama.

Up until 1998 the Town of Lucama purchased its wholesale power supplies from the City of Wilson. In 1995, however, the Town of Lucama joined with the Towns of Stantonsburg and Black Creek to examine the possibility of the three towns leaving Wilson purchasing their power supplies on the open wholesale power markets. In February of 1998, Stantonsburg, Lucama, and Black Creek made their break from Wilson permanent when they began purchasing their power supplies from Dominion NC Power.

In order to begin to purchase wholesale power supplies from Dominion NC Power, the three towns first jointly built a substation with financing spread over fifteen year period. The end result of this power project resulted in each of the towns’ wholesale cost of power being decreased by roughly 50% less than the cost that it formerly paid to Wilson. Over the first five years of the project, the estimated joint saving for all three Towns was close to $7 million.

Lucama passed these savings onto its citizens by cutting retail electric rates by 35%. Since 1998, retail rates in Lucama have not changed until July 2005. The fact that retail rates have not changed in seven years, is almost as amazing as the initial rate cut of 35% when one considers that the cost of all energy products have skyrocketed in the past seven years.

It is important to keep in mind the estimated savings that Lucama has achieved through its access to the open wholesale power markets. Since 1998, Lucama’s citizens have saved approximately $3 million by accessing the wholesale power market.

Louisburg
http://www.city-data.com/forum/raleigh-durham-chapel-hill-cary/38329-raleigh-metro-area-utilities-pl...

Utility Rates for the city of Louisburg, NC
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Sorry, this is a little astray from residential utilities but I have to find out why the electric rates are so much higher in the town of Louisburg, NC. A store in Youngsville, NC (about 10 miles away) pays $75 a month for lights when a store in the town of Louisburg pays on an average of $350.00 a month, all things be relatively equal. Why? and where does the additional income go? I'd appreciate any information.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Another favorite is ...

Attorneys representing the agency have helped save the ratepayers money, and without their expertise, the agency could have made bad decisions resulting in higher electric bills.
Ken Raber

I think I can speak for many and say that we understand there will be attorney fees. But the taxpayers need to know they were justified expenses and reveal them.

If the attorneys helped save us money, how? If the bills would have been higher, what did they do to save money?

... sending out an email about OUR CASE ...

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Calling on others to post towns that are affected

I am going to research some other towns beginning today. If you live in a town and/or know of a town that has had discussions about ElectriCities please post it here so we can have the information in one location.

Thanking you in advance.

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

See what others are saying

ElectriCities's Contract Lobbyists

The State Utilities Commission Doesn't Help, Especially in Orange County

Broad coalition to take action at the Utilities Commission

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

Googled Scotland Neck and ElectriCities and found this . . .

ElectriCities of NC and Scotland Neck

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

http://www.apexnc.com/forum/f

http://www.apexnc.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2370&PN=1

A discussion taking place in Apex ....

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http://www.wilsontimes.com/Opinion/Letters/Story/ElectriCiti es-can-save-money-with-simple-cuts--LONG

this is a good piece on solutions

www.wilsontimes.com has a ton of information on how this all started in the 1970s

just search ElectriCities

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Initial impression seems like something someone once thought was a good idea, but as often is the case turns bad. Some folks living high off the hog in what now is almost a scam. Since regional governments created it wonder if they can dissolve it. Sell assets back to PGN and/or Duke and use the money for other infrastructure or negotiate an rate reduction for a term for those it now serves.

ELectricities and Apex

http://www.apexnc.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2370&PN=1

A discussion taking place in Apex ....

Posts: 4 Posted: August 09 2008 at 8:59am |

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http://www.wilsontimes.com/Opinion/Letters/Story/ElectriCiti es-can-save-money-with-simple-cuts--LONG

this is a good piece on solutions

www.wilsontimes.com has a ton of information on how this all started in the 1970s

just search ElectriCities

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Initial impression seems like something someone once thought was a good idea, but as often is the case turns bad. Some folks living high off the hog in what now is almost a scam. Since regional governments created it wonder if they can dissolve it. Sell assets back to PGN and/or Duke and use the money for other infrastructure or negotiate an rate reduction for a term for those it now serves.

ElectriCities and Kinston

tnwillia wrote:
Just glad not to be under Kinston Utilities but I hate it for those that are under the already high priced energy source. I say move out of the City and join me at Progress or go to CP&L because Kinston light bills are ridiculously high. Our economy is bad enough and it is already affecting people in many ways so why keep digging the hole deeper. Thanks Mr. Tyson for understanding that. Unfortunately there's only one of you but your effort doesn't go unnoticed.
7/18/2008 10:00:33 AM

Kinston NC - ElectriCities exec's salary one-third of Duke, CP&L

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ElectriCities exec's salary one-third of Duke, CP&L

ElectriCities of Kinston NC

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

Updated please share with all those who are affected

by ElectriCities.

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel

"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Weisel