Pepco is Anti-American
Pepco is the most anti-american corporation I can think of. Forget about outsourcing to China, or giving millions to political campaigns to gain influence. Pepco refuses to provide reliable electricity to our nation’s capital in order to make a profit. The DC metro area is prepared for the worst of Hurricane Sandy. We are told to expect power outages from 7-10 days. Let’s take this...
WAMU covers our first Public Meeting on Public... →
Take a look and listen to WAMU’s coverage of our first meeting Oct. 3 in Silver Spring.
A Public Meeting on Public Power →
Our first public meeting on Public Power. Learn about how Montgomery County can benefit from a people-owned electric utility from experts from the American Public Power Association. Wednesday evening, October 3rd. Follow the link for more information.
County attorney public power memo ignores existing...
The MoCo county attorney last year drafted a very discouraging memo on starting a county-owned electric utility. This memo has been held up by county leadership as a bar to starting our own system. I have concerns with the county attorney’s memo. My sense is it was written specifically to discourage county leadership from taking action on a move to public power. What leads me to this...
A sample RFP for Public Power Feasibility Study →
Here is an example of a RFP for a feasibility study on changing to Public Power. For our friends on county council….
Listen to the 8/16 WAMU Kojo Nnamdi show on Public... →
A great review of public power—its advantages and how we can set up our own utility in Montgomery County.
Pepco not afraid of Governor. No Surprise.
Here is an excerpt of the most recent Pepco investor call. The question is from Maury May from Wellington Shields and was answered by PHI President Joe Rigby, The text is from Seeking Alpha. Maury May – Wellington Shields Okay. And then my second question is again on Maryland. And I guess I’m just trying to find some kind of silver lining here. But the date of the governor’s panel, when it was...
Pepco Political Contributions
Take a look at the list of Pepco campaign contributions. Who gets the most Pepco money? Look and see. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bxw9RrAyCkFuODFqYm9vOHRZYWc
No Short-Term Solution to the Pepco Problem
Most people do not want to remain angry and hold onto negative experiences. Stress is not a pleasant and it is healthy to move on. That is what Pepco and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) rely on to manage public opinion—overt anger subsides over time, once a the power is back on. Pepco Holdings Inc. will ask the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) for rate increases every nine...
Boulder Colorado wants public power for green...
Boulder voted to create Colorado’s 30th publicly-owned Light & Power Utility. It is a win for local control, less coal and energy innovation. The campaign website is here-http://www.renewablesyes.org/ Boulder acted primarily to boost renewable-sourced electricity for their community to have a lower carbon footprint on the world.
Hagerstown Public Power-Why Not MoCo →
For 75 years, Hagerstown has had a city division providing electricity to residents. Look here to find out more.
Amend the County Charter for Public Power
A vote to amend our charter will start the conversation on forming our own electric utility and let PEPCO know we are serious about controlling our electric future. According to a legal memo found through APPA, there are three steps to forming a public utility in Maryland. 1) Amend the charter to allow the operation of a utility 2) Gain permission from the Public Service Commission to operate...
Where does the electricity come from?
Another question is that will be have to build a power plant for our own electricity? No we do not. A public utility will buy electricity wholesale on the open market. We will not need our own power plant. We will be able to control the electricity’s source, so no coal or nuclear if we choose not to use it. Also, while many of us use Clean Currents or other alternatives to provide us...
How is Public Power paid for?
Many people are concerned about the costs in creating a public power utility. “Will my taxes go up?” is the common question. The answer is once a utility is approved, the costs to buy the electric lines and to set up the utility are financed through bonds that are backed by the electric bills you are already paying to PEPCO today. No new taxes, but financing through the electric bill...
Cities can take the lead
There is no reason cities cannot take the lead in Public Power. In fact, it is primarily cities who take on the cause to create a public power utility. There are nearly 10 cities in Maryland, large and small, with public power utilities. Chartered cities can act and being small is not a limitation. Even a city with just a few thousand households can provide an effective public power utility for...
The best information source on public electric...
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the leading organization representing the interests of existing public electric utilities and the community that want to start their own systems. Visit http://www.publicpower.org/ to learn more about the advantages of public power and how we can build our own system.
Welcome to Public Power
Montgomery County deserves a reliable electric system. We can get one—a Public Utility answering to the people and not stockholders. Public power utilities are not-for-profit electric systems owned and operated by the people they serve through a local or state government. These systems are more reliable and provide electricity at 15% lower rates than investor owned companies. Over 2,000...