Legislative Committee Meets With Hope To Lower Power Bills

A committee of lawmakers hoping to find a way to bring down high power bills in the east are meeting today.

Today's the second meeting of the Joint Municipal Power Agency Relief Committee, a legsilative committee looking at the high electric rates for customers of electricities.

Republican Senator Buck Newton of Wilson says that it would take at last a year before the committee's work might yield lower bills.

They had their first meeting in October. We'll let you know if any headlines come out of today's meeting.

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  • by susan Location: rocky mount on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    It has nothing to do with caulking or drying your clothes on the line. Our home is extremely energy efficient, about 2100 sq feet and our bills AVERAGE $500 a month in Rocky Mount--and that is with us being extremely careful about leaving lights on, keeping the thermostat low,etc.... We've had bills over $700 in the winter and they just approved another rate hike. It keeps the majority of the people in our city in a choke-hold of poverty. For many people, their power bill is as much or MORE than their mortgage. No one wants to buys homes here because of it, and businesses are closing and leaving town. It has the majority of the people in this town looking for a way to get out, and that's sad. Rocky Mount USED to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
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      by Non-Paying Customers on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM in reply to susan
      Truth is, the rate hikes reflect the recent number of people that moved out without paying their bill. Rocky Mount must have a bunch of deliquent former customers.
  • by One Other Point on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    Gibson Guitars are one of the highest priced guitars in production. They can charge what they want to for their product. We (the public) don't HAVE to buy their instruments. There are hundreds of guitars on the market that would do the job.... Electricity is a luxury. You don't HAVE to have it to live. People didn't have it in the 1700s and got by just fine. No phone, no mail service....you get the picture. So why is it that we all seem to think that the electric companies should be forced to keep their prices low? You might as well force Ford/Chevy/Chrysler to drop their prices, too. A full-sized car use to cost under $3000 in 1970. Now, a cheap small car is over $10,000! We should make them lower the price! Right?
  • by Just Think... on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Say you had a business that sold shoes & boots...then after setting your prices, the government told you that you have to lower your prices by 25%. Is this right? Is it fair?....I don't think so.
  • by Anon Location: NC on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM
    So they get a years pay and then say "Sorry, couldn't do it". I bet people fall for this government scam too. New theme song... This is the way we take your money, take your money, take your money......
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    They need to find out how to lower gas prices so some of us can get to work!!
  • by Lubba Location: Well? on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    You have to remember that this is the election year.....They may save you a few dollars just to get your vote. No one helps the middle class except during election time. Everyone in office needs to be voted out. Stop worrying about what party someone is in and ask yourself if your better off than you were 3 years ago.........See what I mean.....
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    Hold on to your wallets, another legislative committee is trying to reduce costs.
  • by JC on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    I really hope so, we had some 600 dollar power bills over the summer...
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      by excuse me on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM in reply to JC
      Well you need to learn how to open a window and hang your clothes on a line. Go to Lowes get you some caulk, cause you've got some gaps somewhere my friend.
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        by JC on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM in reply to excuse me
        more like a really big house...
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Jan 10, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    To clarify, the problem is that back in the 70's/80's, Eastern NC did not have reliable power so all of the municiple power companies asked Progress Energy to build a nuclear power plant if they built it and shared in the operating expenses. After everyone bought in, new EPA regs doubled the estimated operating cost of the facility. Now, a little over $0.30 of every dollar on your electric bill goes toward paying down the debt service.
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      by Fishtales on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to Bob
      To further clarify, CP&L ( now Progress Energy ) asked the city's to buy into the nuclear power plants CP&L wanted to build, they could not raise the money without the help of the city's. Midway thru construction we had the 3 mile incident and the Gov. changed how nuclear power plants were to be built = skyrocketed cost. Talk about bad timing!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:14 AM in reply to Bob
      100% accurate.
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      by Johnny Ringo on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM in reply to Bob
      Yo....I'm straigt outa compton, and we don't pay the electric co's nothing as long as we got a extention cord......
  • by Electricman Location: NC on Jan 10, 2012 at 05:05 AM
    Politicians are the very reason electric is so high. Do you really think they will do anything other than more talk? The epa regs is the problem and no one wants to talk about that.
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