For Immediate Release May 5, 2009
ENERGY FORUM BRINGS POLICY TO THE PEOPLE
Rocky Mount (NC) – On Thursday, May 7th the Citizens for Fair Utilities (CFFU) of Rocky Mount and Eastern NC are hosting, in conjunction with OIC, Inc. of Rocky Mount, an Eastern NC Energy Forum at the OIC Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured speakers include US Rep. G. K. Butterfield and representatives from ConservationNC, the NC Energy Office, Wilson Community College, ElectriCities and Martin County Community Action Agency.
“We initiated the idea of a dialogue between policy makers, policy influencers and policy implementers,” Jessie Frazier, co-founder of Citizens for Fair Utilities stated. “Consumers throughout the country, and in particular eastern North Carolina, are impacted directly by our elected and appointed officials who make and administer energy regulations and services.”
CFFU was formed to educate ElectriCities consumers about cost structuring, consumer tips and advocacy for lowering consumer energy costs. George Fisher, Public Relations Chair for CFFU commented, “We know that we need to be concerned about the entire energy picture. This conference is an attempt to put all the pieces together at one time.”
“Cities, residents and business owners in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson and a number of other towns and cities throughout the east are struggling to pay for the cost of electricity and gas now. We need to understand how energy policy is being crafted and how that impacts the way we live and our budgets today and in the future,” Reuben Blackwell, OIC President and CEO said. “This forum gives us an opportunity to hear directly from agency leaders and from our Congressman what the issues are and what we can expect.”
“People are trying to figure out how to live from day to day,” Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount City Councilmember and NCEMPA Commissioner stated. “If we don’t change the way we live and consume energy, we won’t have a planet. At the same time, we can’t afford any more increases in our bills without increases in our income.”
Issues related to conservation, cap and trade legislation, weatherization, green jobs, ElectriCities debt and renewable energy will be discussed. The Forum is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Registration may be made by calling (252) 212-3460 through Thursday.
For more information, contact George Fisher at (252) 407-7771.