Local officials said Duke Energy Progress purchasing power plants from the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency could aid local business recruitment efforts.

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Local officials said Duke Energy Progress purchasing power plants from the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency could aid local business recruitment efforts.

Duke deal could spur development

By COREY DAVIS

Staff Writer

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The potential agreement between Duke Energy Progress and the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency could spur economic development in the area, local officials said.

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Interesting

It's about time that we get out from under the crushing arrangement with EMPA/Electricities and end the conflict of interest created when elected officials serve on the boards of monopolistic utility companies. Now the question is what will our own city council do. This is an opportunity to help the citizens of Rocky Mount by giving the benefit to them. Given the track record of out City Council, I suspect that they will instead see it as a bonus for them and spend it faster than a drunken sailor (no offense to drunken sailors).

It's time that we let the rightful owners of this keep it - the citizens. I'm sure however that the self-proclaimed visionaries on the City Council will find new and novel ways to squander any benefit and pile on debt to a tax and cost of living weary citizenry.

It's time to be proactive and demand that any benefit from this go directly to the citizens in the form of tax, fee, and expense relief.

Hold On

This thing will not settle for a year. It sounds like a positive for our area, but the Duke Energy people are not stupid. They will try to make this as profitable for Duke as possible. We will just have to wait.

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