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Letter to the Editor: Meeting to explore hydroelectricity

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On average, a citizen of Rocky Mount pays roughly $200 per month of utilities. This is about $2,400 per year. Some people have to pay even more than that. The average pay in Rocky Mount is approximately $25,000 a year, leaving people $22,600 for groceries, house payments, medical care, car payments, phone bill, student loans, etc. 

Sure, the city lowered the cost of utilities by 14 percent just recently, but some people still have trouble paying the bills. So you have to ask yourself, how can we lower this bill? We think the first thing we can do is use hydroelectric power from the Tar River.

The positives of switching to the Tar River as a power source are extensive. We would obviously be able to lower the price of utilities, only having to buy a little amount of power from other places. We would also be able to lower the negative impacts on our environment caused by energy production. Most of the energy used in Rocky Mount is made from natural gases which pollute the air. Using this nonrenewable resource does anything but secure our future. Water is a renewable resource, so we can keep using it over and over again.

Every good plan has cons. The most obvious con is the cost side of the problem. This is a very costly project at face value, but it would eventually cost Rocky Mount less than we are paying now. Another con is how much energy the Tar River will produce. The Tar River will only produce 60-76 million kilowatts of energy per season, so we would fall short of demand. But switching over would save us a lot more money than we are saving now as a town and as residents. With using the dam and buying less energy than we do now, we could make the bill a lot easier to pay.

Our team at Edwards Middle School would like to spread awareness on how to use hydroelectricity to improve Rocky Mount. We are hosting a presentation on hydroelectricity with Ms. Tonya Evans of Progress Energy at 7 tonight at the Nash County Ag Center, 1006 Eastern Ave., Nashville. We encourage you to come out and learn more about hydroelectricity, and how much it would affect our town.

O. Daughtridge, A. Vincent, A. Viverette, J. Rolfe

Edwards Middle School

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