Welcome to the Cobb EMC ForumEncouraging Member participation in the affairs of Cobb EMC
The COBB EMC FORUM is made up of Cobb EMC rate paying Member/Owners. The Forum works to insure responsible management by the Cobb EMC Board of Directors and Senior Management Staff.
It is important to know that every Cobb EMC rate payer is a Member/Owner of Cobb EMC, which is an unregulated electric monopoly.
The Forum’s goal is to ensure that Cobb EMC provides Member/Owners with the very best service and lowest rates. The Forum also works to inform Member/Owners of the activities and actions of Cobb EMC and encourages Member participation in EMC governance.
National Co-op Member Support Group to Host Member Organizational Training in Atlanta
We Own It, a national support group for Members of cooperatives such as Cobb EMC, is partnering with Cobb EMC Forum to host an organizational training seminar from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Friday January 28 to Saturday January 29th at the Little Five Points Center for Arts and Community, 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Cost for the seminar is $30 with some scholarships available. The seminar will focus on how Members of cooperatives can organize to ensure that their co-op is run in a manner that best serves the Member/Owners. Click We Own It signup for more information and to receive the registration form.
AJC: Charges to be dropped against ex-Cobb EMC chief Dwight Brown 10/25/2016
A Cobb County judge has said he plans to dismiss the remaining charges against former Cobb EMC CEO Dwight Brown, five years after the executive was accused of defrauding the Marietta utility of millions of dollars. Click here for the full Atlanta Journal-Constitution article
MDJ: Five years later, case against former Cobb EMC head closes 10/22/2016
A Cobb judge last week dismissed the last of the charges against former Cobb EMC President Dwight Brown, putting an end to a five-year prosecution that never saw a jury.
Indicted on 35 counts in 2011 and accused of racketeering and theft related to the way he ran the utility co-operative, Brown’s legal team chipped away at the charges against him, with the final seven set to be dismissed after a hearing this past Tuesday. Click here for the full Marietta Daily Journal article (subscription required)
2016 EMC Elections Completed
The 2016 Cobb EMC elections were completed at the Annual Meeting at Jim R. Miller Park on September 17, 2016. Click here for the full election results.
Cobb EMC Director and Officer Compensation Exceeds EMC Peers, Greatly Outstrips Inflation
A review of publicly available IRS filings shows Cobb EMC Director and “C” level executive compensation significantly exceeds that of other large EMCs in Georgia, and the rate of increases significantly outpaces inflation.
Click here for a chart of compensation by individual.
Click here to see how Cobb EMC stacks up against their peer EMCs.
Click here to see the full discussion on the Cobb EMC Forum website.
Cobb EMC Board of Directors Takes Giant Step Backwards
This year, in a series of meetings culminating May 26, the Cobb EMC Board dramatically limited Member rights to propose and approve bylaw changes. The Board unilaterally raised the number of signatures required to propose a change from 35 to 300, a factor of almost 10 times. They did this on their own with no Member vote, even though the Member right to propose bylaw changes is protected from Board amendment in the Members’ Bill of Rights. Furthermore, in response to a preemptive Member proposal to rescind that Board action, the Board in May raised the percentage of Member votes required to approve bylaw changes from a simple majority to a 2/3 super majority.
The Member sponsored Bylaw proposal to restore Member rights was on the ballot for the 2016 Cobb EMC elections which were completed September 17, 2016 at the Annual Member Meeting. While this bylaw amendment was defeated, the “NO” votes only represented 45% of the total vote, so the unilateral Board action has still failed to receive approval by over 50% of voting Members.
Call to Action: Any change to the Members’ Bill of Rights should be presented to a Member vote with the opportunity for discussion and opposing opinions. Cobb EMC Forum urges Members to contact our Cobb EMC Board to express disapproval of the Board action that should only be approved by a majority vote of the Members. Click here to preview and send Cobb EMC Forum’s suggested email to the Cobb EMC Board of Directors, or click here to write your own.
Click here to read Cobb EMC Forum’s full analysis of the recent Board action.
Cobb EMC Forum’s Mark Hackett Interviewed by Institute for Local Self Reliance
Mark Hackett, President of Cobb EMC Forum, was recently interviewed by the Institute of Local Self Reliance regarding the history of events at Cobb EMC as well as recent actions by the Cobb EMC Board to erode Member participation in their cooperative. Click here to see the article and listen to the full podcast.
Open Board Meetings – Not So Open
Recently, Cobb EMC has implemented a very strict application of Policy 611 in order to restrict Member attendance at open Board meetings. Policy 611 restrictions were initially justified by the reasoning that advance notice of Member attendance was needed in order to provide sufficient space and seating for the Members. However, in recent months, the notice policy has turned away interested Members when plenty of room was available, despite their timely arrival and proper identification. Click here to read more.
Cobb EMC Implements New Residential Rate in January
Cobb EMC has begun implementation of a new residential rate for new EMC customers as of January, 2016. The rate will be available to existing Members on June 1, 2016. The new rate adds a demand component, a monthly charge per kilowatt of demand based on the highest hour of usage by a residence during certain designated hours of the year. This new rate as currently approved will be voluntary for the first three years, but will become mandatory by January 1, 2019. This new rate structure is intended to be revenue neutral overall, but could affect different Member bills in different ways. Click here for Cobb EMC Forum’s full analysis of this new rate and how it affects your wallet. You can also click here to download Cobb EMC Forum’s Excel based Rate Comparison Calculator that will allow you to compare how the new rate affects you based on your own usage patterns.