Leaders Question Utility Costs

Many people across eastern Carolina have been battling high power bills recently and want something done about it. It's what brought many local leaders to Washington to meet with a major power provider on why costs are up.

Electric meters have seen a spike in power costs within the last five years--and that prompted electri-cities to have a meeting Monday night.

The power provider sat down with city councilmembers from Washington and Belhaven and aldermen from New Bern.

Ken Raber, Senior Vice President with Electicities, explained how to cut costs and why electric rates are up. "When we bought into It It was supposed to be four units for approximately for one billion dollars. It ended up being one unit for almost four billions dollars. We're still paying on that debt and will be for through 2026."

Washington Mayor Archie Jennings says he will share the information during a presentation at next weeks town hall meeting.


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  • by disgusted Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    I would like to know if the idiot that made such a massive "mistake" still has a job. Why should we pay for their incompetence? My husband and I work in Greenville from 8-6. No one is home from 7am-6pm Mon-Fri. We also try to sleep a little. That leaves only about 60 hrs a week we are actively using electricity. My light bill jumped from $320.00 (which I already thought was too high) up to $548.00. No, I didnt increase my thermostat becuase it was colder; I am smart enough to put more clothes on. I initially thought I had a water leak, but the water portion actually dropped from $23 to $21. There is no logical explanation for such a jump in my lightbill other than I am getting completely screwed! They should fire both the moron that made this mistake and the moron responsible for putting him in a position to make decisions & use the salary that would have been allotted to the two of them and put it towards the debt. It is insulting to me that they expect us to believe it was a mistake.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    The light bill down here in Beaufort County is crazy. I have a 2 bed room house and in the past to months ie paid over 900 bucks for light bill. Me and my wife works and we and home til 4 or 5. So whos getting screwed. I feel whoever supports Beaufort Count lights is crazy and just thinks of them selves. Light bill should never be this high
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    3rd time's the charm?? Tried this same post last night... trying again now with a couple of minor edits... "When we bought into It It was supposed to be four units for approximately for one billion dollars. It ended up being one unit for almost four billions dollars." Okay... so... YOU screwed up. Not the customer. Now, remind me again why WE are paying for YOUR... umm... screw up? Nope. Sorry. Still not a good reason. YOU eat the cost. Go bankrupt. Whatever. I don't really care. We'll still get power. I promise. Stop gouging your customers because of your idiocy. You and your other management personnel should be held accountable and lose your jobs. I believe incompetence is certainly grounds for termination. I mean, it's not like this was a slight oversight. We're talking a 3 BILLION dollar screw up. We're talking about getting 25% of what you supposedly bought, but for the same money.
  • by uhhuh Location: gville on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    easy one word answer- GREED
  • by mac Location: eastern nc on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    ONE LAST TIME, EACH CITY/TOWN WITH Electicities DECIDES WHAT THEY WANT TO CHARGE. ElectriCities IS THE WHOLESALER AND THE CITIES/TOWNS ARE THE RETAILER. THE CITIES/TOWNS GOVERNMENTS ARE THE ONES EVERYBODY REALLY NEEDS TO BE UPSET WITH. YOUR TOWN OR CITY IS USING YOUR ELECTRIC BILL AS ANOTHER FORM OF TAXATION. THE TOWN/CITY USES THE PROFIT TO PAY FOR BUDGET ITEMS.
  • by HA HA Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    I enjoy reading comments from people like "Disillusioned", whom obviously work for the electric company.. I am an adult and exercise common sense my friend.. It doesn't take an idiot to realize that when the average "mean" temperature of last January was 39.258 and this January (2010) is 39.225...My electric bill should not be 207.00 MORE than January of last year.. No excessive usage, and the temperature setting never leaves 68 degrees. So you can take your false historical data which is saying "user error" and give it to someone who isn't going to check the facts.. which my source for these facts can be found at (http://weather.org/weatherorg_records_and_averages.htm) and yes at this site you must go day by day..However it's quite pleasing to prove your ignorant comment false.. .03 of 1 degree doesn't warrant several hundred dollars in extra in billing!! WHERES MY MONEY GOING GUC??!!! FYI i encourage you to check my facts, and reply. I doubt I'll hear a response..!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    NC power companies are CROOKS. We live in a very tiny house in Morehead and our electric bill was over $500.00! We are very conscience to turn out lights and are NOT excessive in the electricity use. Our house in Atlanta was 5,500.000 sq. ft. with a pool that ran all year around. WE NEVER HAD A BILL THAT HIGH!! CROOOOOOOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by 2ndThat Location: Realitytoo on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    I totally agree with TRUTH...what kind of idiot could get those figures (4 units - 1 billion ~ 1 unit 4 billion) mixed up?
  • by jack Location: n bern on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    this is a perfect example of govt in action, look at home owners associations you are a member of for another good example of what happens when you put a group of people in charge of other peoples money. No one really cares that much because it is not their money, this is why we must shrink all govt as much as possible because they screw up 80% of what they control. they waste tons of money and request more because they are growing; at least thats what they tell us idiots anyway, they are not growing they are WASTING. God help us now that they have health care, anybody that thinks health care is better off with the govt running it is too stupid to be allowed to vote.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    I am quite sure the devil can explane the virtues of being cast into hell.
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