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.
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.
Two Candidates Run Against District 4 Incumbent
Two candidates, Bill Boyle and Matt O’Donnell, are on the ballot for the elections that started on August 8, running against the District 4 incumbent. Cobb EMC Forum believes both candidates bring significant skills to the table as well as a commitment to low rates, Member representation, transparency and ethics. Click here for Cobb EMC Forum’s full take on the upcoming elections. Click here to see Matt O’Donnell’s platform. Click here for Bill Boyle’s platform.
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.
Cobb EMC Forum urges Members to contact our Cobb EMC Board to express disapproval of their recent unilateral action. 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.
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. A bylaw amendment has been sponsored that will rescind the Board action and protect the Member right to propose and pass bylaw changes from future manipulation without a Member vote.
This Bylaw Amendment is on the ballot for the 2016 Cobb EMC elections which began on August 8. Cobb EMC Forum urges Members to vote YES and achieve passage despite the 2/3 supermajority requirement.
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.
Dwight Brown Prosecution Delayed Again
On February 18, Judge Robert Flournoy removed Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds from prosecuting former Cobb EMC CEO Dwight Brown, potentially delaying the trial another 9 months. The 35 felony charges relating to Mr. Brown’s actions as CEO of Cobb EMC were first brought in 2011, but the case has languished in the face of numerous appeals filed by Brown’s defense attorney, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. Members have previously raised concerns that presiding Judge Flournoy was appointed by former Governor Barnes in 2000. Click here to see WSB TV coverage of this development.
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.