>City of New Bern’s Initiative to Lower Electric Rates


Alderman Sabrina Bengel discusses how the City of New Bern officials are working on a solution to help our citizens with their electric rates.

Summary of the video:

New Bern is a member of ElectriCities which is a cooperative made up of 32 cities in Eastern North Carolina that came together in the early 1980s to buy power at a discount. We bought into a nuclear generation plant which has been problematic over the past 30 years.

Progress Energy is seeking a merger with Duke Energy which would produce the largest utility provider in the Country. We see this as being detrimental to our citizens which could produce rates that could cause us to be extremely non-competitive with our rates. Currently we are 30% higher than other cities. The City of New Bern is taking steps with some other cities to look at the possibility of an intervention of this merger.

To read more about the background and other information about the City’s power, please see their Electric Utility Presentation 2011.

If you missed the January 2011 meeting about ElectriCities at City Hall, read about it here: http://newbernnow.blogspot.com/2011/01/join-forces-to-reduce-city-of-new-berns.html.

Stay tuned for more information about the progress of this initiative.

Thanks, Sabrina, for taking the time to explain the progress of lowering the City of New Bern’s electric rates.

Please feel free to comment below or send me an email.

Wendy Card

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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