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Energy Working Group: March 7, 2012

Notetaker: Emiley Joyce

5 participants Kristen, Henry, Kate, Valerie, and Emiley


  • Organize canvassing surveys and use organized information from surveys as building blocks for a radio drama series.
    • Canvassing surveys: Val created a spread sheet to start to organize the information collected from the completed surveys and uploaded it to google docs. Kate and Emiley will continue to enter info from surveys. Val did a tutorial for Kate and Emiley on how to excel, spreadsheet.
    • Writing Drama: Create a writing event to get some creative writing started around the organized information. Series could have cliff hangers to led to the next episode. Food and on the weekend were several suggestions.
    • Radio Drama: recording studio suggestion, On pop of the world studio,Randy. Will most likely cost but our group can fundraise to pay for expenses. We could get some advice from the Foreclosure Group. Suggested places to distribute the energy drama series: WNG, WQS, WXDU, WNAA, WFDD, Rock 92, You Tube, Elon, and reach out to Avalon.
    • Kate will research how long episodes and series should be, PSA and if that is something we will also need to do. Also email next meeting to webmaster.
    • Emiley will email Val, Al, Kate, Julie, and Kristen ogsoenergyworkinggroup@gmail.com password. Also email group about some possible creative writing dates and information on event for groups approval.


  • Creative Writing: Have a host ask a panel of customers questions and use the survey responses as answers to questions. A family trying to figure out how to pay their bills and the cliff hanger will be the next episode they figure it out. First episode could be about the 7.2% Duke Energy rate increase.
  • Energy info: Howard Johnson magnetic generator, bloom box. Ralph Ring and Otis Carr Greensboro group on energy, research needed.

Next meeting 1:00pm Sunday March 25, 2012 at Glenwood Coffee & Books. We will have a short hour long meeting before canvassing to go over our survey spreadsheet.

Energy Working Group meeting 7pm-9pm Wed. March 28, 2012 at Glenwood Coffee and Books. We have cancelled the Energy meeting on March 14, 2012 for the foreclosure premier.

Energy Working Group: February 22, 2012

Introductions and Collect contact information

Pick facilitator and note taker. Note taker must email new contact list and meeting minutes to group. Also post minutes on occupygreensboro.org under meeting minutes and create a doc on Facebook Occupy Greensboro Energy Working Group.

Proposals and Discussion Topics

  • Canvassing: What to do with the information collected and report backs.
    Next Energy meeting we will try and figure out how to process the information we have already gathered. There were many ideas on what the information could be used for. One idea that was discussed would be a radio drama. Create the peoples stories and alter what there story would be in the worst scenario of each energy crisis. Nuclear, coal, natural gas, etc.
  • Report backs for assigned topics
    • Emiley: NCUC, what are they up to?
      No new developments on the NCUC website.
    • Val: Annual Rate Hike Bill and organizations filling against rate hike.
      No information found yet
    • Al: Who worked where and for who in the current and past NCUC.
      The NCUC seems clean, only 2 of the current commissioners used to work for law firms, chairman Finley and commissioner brown-bland. The rest worked for non-profits and so forth. The one conflict that Al found was that the commissioners have to do what they can to keep their seat as a commissioner appointed by the Governors. Also asked about energy books for us to use as resources.
    • Kristen: Connections to other energy groups.
      Greenpeace and there new development with Quit Coal.
    • Julie: Gathered more research on Duke Energy.
      We discussed a power strike but research showed us that the state has in play, a energy company gets paid 70% of the power not used that is not caused due to conservation of energy.

Other discussions:

  • Class action law suite and what are the possibilities of this as a measure.
  • Plan to sit down with NC Justice and come up with the type of questions that we need answers to.
  • Countrywatch as a tool?
  • What would Duke Energy fear most? – No lobbyists, Energy regulations, Loss of invested interest.

Energy Working Group: February 1, 2012

Wednesday evening, 7:00 until 8:30, seven (7) members of The Energy Working Group (EWG) met at Glenwood Coffee & Books. Present were Julie, Emiley, Valerie, Kristen, Al, and two new and welcome people, Tira, and Teresa. John, Kate, Barry,Julia, and Mark were absent. (A new Guilford intern, Nick Greco, will be joining us soon.)

Emilie passed out a typed Agenda, and she also facilitated the hour and a half meeting. Announcements were first and, of course, we began with the sorrowful news that the horrible North Carolina Utility Commission (NCUC) had approved a 7.2 % rate increase for (ugh) Duke Energy. Valerie believes Duke is already asking for more, indeed an automatic and annual increase without even having to appear before the (ugh) NCUC or even apply for it! On a happier note, we did learn the new rate increase can be appealed to the N. C. Supreme Court. Emilie announced a series of six “Energy Classes” (four of them having already been given) being conducted at various branches of Greensboro’s public libraries; the two remaining are 2/18 and 2/20, the 2/20 right here in Glenwood, the theme of which is “to save money and to save the earth.”

Several lively discussions took place. Our newcomers, Tira and Teresa, came up with some original and splendid ideas, for example, Tira pointing out that the inferior construction materials of recent years has produced unnecessary energy usage and Teresa wondering why there isn’t more competition among energy providers. Tira also reminded us of the “Chinese Drywall Scandal,” and we discussed solar panels and their practicality. Naturally, we discussed the door-to-door survey we are conducting (already three weeks old).

Although energy other than electricity never got discussed (Gas, for example, was on the agenda), we did have a terrific discussion around how to expose the cynicism and impropriety of NCUC, whose chairman worked for the Duke Energy’s law firm! Finally, we each volunteered to undertake assignments before the next meeting: Teresa for example will look into the coming merger between Progress & Duke and examine her concern question why Duke is allowed to remain a monopoly; she wants to know how other states which have multiple suppliers went about getting that; Tira will look into dependence on energy. Al wants to find out who the past members of the dreadful NCUC were and what law firms they represented and now represent, assuming conflict-of-interest. Can we not assume present NCUC commissioners will soon leave the NCUC for lucrative posts in the energy industry and their representatives? Emilie was to look into a “teach-in,” Val into whether any of the professional energy watchers were planning a supreme court appeal of the rate hike; every one of us accepted at least one task, but the meeting was almost over, it was late, and I got too tired to remember details of these “assignments.”

We’re going to attempt fewer meetings, maybe every other week, and the next one is Wed. 2/15, 7–8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, our door-to-door Canvassing continues every Sunday, 2–3:30.

Respectfully submitted,

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