2010

AJC: Judge throws out permit for Cobb EMC-backed coal plant-12/17/10

Opponents of a new coal plant in Middle Georgia won a round Thursday.

State Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker ordered the state Environmental Protection Division to reconsider an air permit for a proposed $2.1 billion new coal plant in Sandersville. Click here for more

MDJ: Judge rejects permit for Cobb EMC-funded plant-12/17/10

A state administrative law judge on Thursday rejected an air permit issued in April that would have allowed construction to begin for Plant Washington – the $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in middle Georgia that Cobb Electric Membership Corporation and other EMCs are funding.

Judge Ronit Walker ruled that state environmental regulators must reconsider the permit issued to the developers of Plant Washington because it failed to set limits on harmful emissions from the plant. Click here for more

AJC: Cobb EMC backing new coal plant-11/11/10

Georgia Power isn’t building new coal power plants, considering them too risky given the uncertainty about carbon emission limits.

One of the nation’s biggest electric cooperatives, Jackson EMC in Atlanta’s far northeast suburbs, backed out of building new coal plants last year for similar reasons — and has no intention of going back. Click here for more

Take Back Cobb EMC update: Not On Our Dime-11/11/10

We’ve seen Cobb EMC CEO Dwight Brown make plenty of questionable business deals with members (OUR) money, ranging from handing over its assets to a for-profit company (Cobb Energy) to investing $20 million in naming rights at the Cobb Energy Center.  Did you know Cobb EMC has invested OUR MONEY in building not one, but TWO new coal-fired power plants? They were projected to cost a total of $4.2 billion.  This decision could affect our rates pretty severely; in Michigan, for example, an approximately 18% rate bump was just approved to cover the cost of a recently completed $2 billion plant.  As if the expense weren’t enough, the plants are also being protested by locals who would live near them.  For more information about these plants and local efforts surrounding them, visit the Wiregrass Energy Network’s new website about Plant Ben Hill, and the Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment’s website about Plant Washington.

Take Back Cobb EMC Update: GA Supreme Court ruling means long road ahead for fair elections-11/2/10

The Georgia Supreme Court agreed today to hear electric utility Cobb EMC’s appeal of a citizen lawsuit against its CEO and Board of Directors, further delaying democratic member representation at the troubled electric cooperative.Click here for more

AJC: Delay continues for Cobb EMC directors’ vote-11/1/10

Customers of Marietta-based Cobb EMC will have to wait several more months before getting a chance to vote on the customer-owned co-op’s board. Click here for more

AJC: Three years after suing Cobb EMC, the customer-owners may get chance to choose its board-9/23/10

Three years ago this month, an east Cobb County resident named Sims Maddox stood up at a meeting to confront the CEO of his local electric company. Click here for more

Take Back Cobb Update: Take Back Cobb hold second “101”-9/2/10

Thank you to everyone who came out for Take Back Cobb EMC’s second community meeting on August 19th. It’s great to see so many new faces and committed folks turn out to learn about and discuss EMC membership, the current board’s shenanigans, and what it will take to bring accountable new leadership to Cobb EMC…..Click here for more.

Take Back Cobb Update: Cobb EMC board member Frank Boone dies-5/26/10

Frank Boone, longtime member of the Cobb EMC board passed away on Wednesday, May 26th. The Marietta Daily Journal published an obituary on Mr. Boone. The Cobb EMC board quickly replaced Mr. Boone with R.J. Patel of Kennesaw.

MDJ: Around Town: Waiting in the Wings-5/8/10

Look for a highly popular retired Cobb elected official – a proven vote-getter – to seek a seat on the embattled Cobb EMC board if the courts ever allow board elections. AT has learned the potential candidate would vie for one of the three board slots to be voted on in September. Two other potential challengers are expected to also challenge the other two incumbent EMC board members… Click here for more

AJC: Cobb EMC loses in court-4/14/10

A Marietta based electric cooperative violated a settlement with customers shortly after signing it, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday…Click here for more

 MDJ: Rebate checks in mail for Cobb EMC-2/12/10

Cobb EMC members will receive rebate checks in their mailboxes beginning today due to power costing less than anticipated in 2009…Click here for more 

MDJ: Law firm sues Cobb EMC-1/16/10

An Alpharetta law firm is suing Cobb Electric Membership Corporation for an estimated $300 million. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Cobb Superior Court, seeks class-action status for all former customers of the electric co-operative dating back to its inception in 1939…Click here for more