High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Jul 11 1976, Page 78

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1976, High Point, North CarolinaKia High i Oil Enterprise sunday july 11, 1976 electricity Consumers Are angry by Gail Gregg associated press writer Raleigh a frustration with High electric Rales surfaced As members of a politically Active Consumers Organiza Tion met saturday to discuss Utility Reform. Passions were High at the meeting attended by 150 Carolina action members from Raleigh Durham Winston Salem Greensboro and Charlotte the targets of that passion were the state s three utilities companies and the North Carolina utilities commission. The consumer activists attending the meeting sounded their anger again and again Over skyrocketing electric Bills. One member of the audience made the emotional pronouncement you be got to prove to me that we re not getting stale sen. Macneill Smith of Greensboro opened the session he called for tightening of utilities regulating legislation we be got to Amend the statutes which ensure that Power companies make some kind of magic Smith said. State Law now says utilities should make a fair rate of return on rates of fair value they Are not figures that Are used by the companies in their reports to the stockholders and to the securities Exchange com Mission. Nor Are they figures used by the companies for their lax Smith said Smith also called for the development of a state Power plan by the utilities commis Sion to regulate Hie building of new generating plants. Finally Smith said the uti lies companies need to give Consumers options for using electricity. If we could by changing the Laws and the rates enable the customers to know where and when the bargains Are in buying electricity we could and he companies could sell twice As much electric by without building another generating Plant and without raising the rates in fact the rates would come appearing at the meeting were a senior citizen concerned with the effects of electricity Cost increases for persons on fixed incomes stale sen. John Winters Thel in a Denning an organizer who helped Force the Power companies to hold Public hearings at night and Beverly Lake or. The utilities commission attorney who quit last year charging the commission with unresponsiveness. Lake said the Uli lilies commission needs to change its operating philosophy it now believes in is its duty to look after the electric com i panics but the utilities com Mission is there to act As the policeman the regulator for the utilities Lake said morning discussions recessed for afternoon workshop sessions on Carolina action s fair share Liehne electric rate Reform proposal. Organizer Tina Podolak said the sessions would educate participants so they could discuss the proposal in neighbourhood groups Carolina action is made up of numerous neighbourhood chapters. It counts North carolinians As members. It is funded through contributions dues and a Gram from the Catholic Church according to is Podolak its members Range from College students to senior citizens like Ruth Vavasis of Durham. I m just glad to take part in things and see what s going mrs. Vavasis said Jack seism appointed parole head Raleigh a gov Jim Holshouser has announced the appointment of Jack l seism to a new term As chairman of the state parole commission. The new Lerm will expire june 30, 1980. Holshouser first appointed seism to the commission in july 1974 he is a native of Caswell county and worked As a reporter for the Green Sboro daily news. Seism is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served three years in the air Force roses saves you More with Quality values and selection shop 10 til sunday 1-6 20 portable floor window fan 211 Eastchester drive High Point mall 1628 South main Street Southgate shopping Center Reg. 16.97 20-Inch portable fan features balanced grills and the motor never needs oiling floor table or in most windows. Blades child Safe can be used on the leather Grain exterior 34 it. Cooler big25oz. Glasses setof4 Reg. 1.00 77 i great for iced Tea. 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