Mayors Explore Options To Lower Utility Costs

A group of mayors from across the east is trying to figure out if anything can be done about the high utility rates customers pay.

Those mayors are from cities that formed Electricities years ago, and invested in a nuclear power plant where costs skyrocketed.

About a dozen mayors, including Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, are sparking debate on whether electric rates can be lowered, despite a contract with the member organization Electricities that runs through the year 2026.

The group of mayors is going to meet with the Attorney General's office and Electricities.

The group is also looking into getting a member elected to the Electricities board of directors to push for changes.


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  • by McArthur Park on Oct 17, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    We bought stock in this nuclear power plant---where are the benefits that come with it? I am tired of hearing the lame excuses as to why Kinston has such high utility bills. Quit robbing the utility payment for general revenue purposes, and insistthat the "poor" pay something for their utilities. NUFF SAID!
  • by Bill Location: Tarboro on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    There is several things wrong with this story. The News and Observer had a great story addressing this situation a few months ago. Their journalist actually investigate stories before going to press. All these cities belong to the NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Each city owns a share of that agency. ElectriCities doesn't own anything. It is just a building, as I understand it. Each city owns a portion of the debt associated with the power plants this agency has ownership stakes in. So my question to this Mayor's Group is, "What does getting elected to the EC board going to accomplish?" Shouldn't they be more interested in getting appointed to the agency board? They actually own the debt. Another problem I have is the use of the word "contract." If you have a contract shouldn't you honor that contract? Or do all want to be apart of this bailout culture that is taken this country by storm. Even the "Fiscal Conservative" mayor of Kinston is drinking the bailout coolaid
  • by nick Location: farmvegas on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Everyone... it sounds as if we all have the same problem with our small town utilities, maybe we should all make a copy of these comments and take them to the next "Town Board Meetings" for answers. Remember... those who voted for these rate hikes, can easily be voted out of office in the next election or two. We all have a voice, we just need to find a way to make it heard.
  • by Lisa Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Thank you - now I understand.
  • by English Teacher on Oct 13, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    No problem Lisa, the phrase "a group of MAYORS"...the word MAYORS makes it plural so the use of "are" is required. If it just said "a group" that would indicate a singular group and "is" would be used.
  • by Information on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    It's like the old presidential debate statement - "It's the economy stupid" Here's the new one - "It's your USAGE, stupid" You are billed on what you use; USE LESS ENERGY YOUR BILL WILL GO DOWN!
  • by Lisa Location: Greenville on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    To English Teacher, Can you explain the rule, just because I really want to know. This always confuses me...I was taught that you make the subject & verb agree. The subject here is "A group", which sounds singular to me because of the "A". Please explain - and I'm not being smart - I really want to know. And also, I really wish someone would do something about the high utility bills. Ours has been $400 this summer and our house is small and our AC was kept on 77.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    Sorry Mayors. There is nothing new here. Same story. Your towns bought into this and you all have to pay. ElectriCities may have done some things wrong and they can probably cut some expenses but when it comes right down to the bottom line and rates, cost cutting is not going to lower rates. Your rates are high because of the money you invested in BILLION dollar nuclear plants. Not because ElectriCities donates $700 dollars to a community. It's simple math. You could eliminate the entire staff of ElectriCities and it would barely make a dent in rates. No hand-outs, no bail-outs. Pay your debt down, keep your electric system up and work to help your citizens and companies understand how it works.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Have no complaints about my electric bill through Washington Electric Utilities, made adjustments and found ways not to use as much and guess what, my bill dropped. Last winter, total electric highest bill was $125. They charge you for what you use, use less and your electric bill will go down.
  • by winterville citizen Location: winterville on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    please check into winterville electricity it is ridicolous
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