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Energy Working Group upcoming events in February 2013

Sunday, Feb 3 at 1:30 pm we will record our radio drama with Brian at Glenwood. We need at least 8 individuals to read for the various characters. Pizza will be provided! see the invitation at

Tuesday, Feb 5 at 5:30 pm City Council meeting in downtown Greensboro.

Wednesday, Feb 6 Informational meeting on Duke Energy rate structures, long-term business plans and rate hike bills, at Glenwood Coffee and Books.

Sunday, Feb 10 at 2 pm is the Second Sunday Energy Movie Matinee at Glenwood. See the invitation at

Monday, Feb 11 in Raleigh a North Carolina Utilities Commission public hearing is being held on Duke and Progress energy’s 20 year business plan, which includes expansion of nuclear, coal, and gas production, rather than renewable resources, along with ongoing rate hikes to the public. We are planning to attend the meeting with other energy activists from NC to demand that our voices be heard. Please email if you’d like to travel with us. All are welcome!

Monday Feb 18 is a national climate convergence rally in Washington DC. Please stay on the look-out for further info on this event.

Dec 23 Energy Working Group meeting minutes

Radio Drama – set date for Sunday, Feb 3 at 12:30 at Glenwood. Need to check with Mo, invite contacts for casting voices, and ask Emiley for the script including sound effect sequences.

Discussion of trees being hacked by Duke in GSO. Action is being taken, but concern that it may not be lasting unless ordinance is set by city. FB group “Greensboro Respects Our Trees” for updates.

Discussion of billing dispute with Duke over deposit on change of address after house fire. If this is happening to one customer, it is most likely happening to other. Need to draw public attention to monopoly.

Next EWG mtg, Sunday Jan 6 at 2:00. EWG mtgs will now meet on first and third Sundays of each month.

Second Sunday Energy Movie Matinee Series continues, 2:30 pm at Glenwood in Jan and Feb.

Happy New Year from the energy working group!

Energy Working Group upcoming events

A few things coming up soon-

Second Sunday Energy Movie Matinee: every second Sunday, from December through February, from 2-3:30 we will be showing films/ documentaries related to the energy crisis in the US, followed by discussion. Free event, all are welcome. If you know of a film, worth recommending, please send me the title. This Sunday, December 9 the movie is “Burning the Future: Coal in America”

Last weekend a statewide roundtable meeting was held in Greensboro to create action plans to put pressure on the NCUC and lawmakers to protect the people and the environment of NC over profit for Duke, the largest utility corporation in the US, second largest in the world. The next roundtable meeting will be held sometime in January, in the WNC (Asheville) area. Send an email If you’re interested in joining the listserve or attending.

-Canvassing/ community outreach on the Duke/ Progress rate hikes and scheduled IRP hearing: This hearing is when Duke will submit its long-term plan to the NC Utilities Council to continue its production of dirty energy, with coal, nuclear and gas being the dominant resources, and increasing rates to consumers yearly. If you’d like more information about these proposals and projections, please visit the websites and We need volunteers to help collect signatures and comments for the petitions to be shared at the hearing, before Feb 11. Please contact the EWG if you can help collect signatures by knocking on doors, or bringing petitions to local events, such as community markets, potlucks, parties, educational/ outreach events and the like. Also, there on online petitions at the sites linked above.

The EWG is scheduling a time to record our long-awaited Radio Drama in early January. We need voices! We are looking for dates that people are available, so we can do the reading all in one take. If you are interested, please let us know of any weekend dates that you could reserve in the first of the new year.
-Our next regular energy working group meeting will be December 12 at 7pm at Glenwood coffee and books. We would love to see you there!
Contact the EWG at

General Assembly Novemeber 25, 2012 meeting minutes

12 people attending, no facilitator, notetaking and stack keeping- Kate

Report Backs:

Unemployment Group- meeting with the committee at the IRC to work on employment issues for convicted offenders to be rescheduled.

Walmart action on Black Friday- union/anti-union sentiment by protestors, crowds, local Fox news affiliate, at on Battleground Ave on November 23.

March in Solidarity with Gaza, last Monday, November 19, well attended, downtown, with Cakalak Thunder. A rally planned for Wednesday, Nov 21, was canceled due to the cease-fire announcement.

Also on Monday, November 19, gave a talk at Duke University on how individuals, groups, and institutions can reduce CO2,  use.


Saturday, Dec 1, statewide roundtable meeting on initiatives against Duke Energy across NC. Meeting will be 10-4 at Glenwood books, bring your own lunch, will be attended by, Greenpeace, NC Warn and others. all are welcome.

The OGSO Energy Working Group will be hosting a “Second Sunday Energy Movie Matinee Series” on the second Sundays in Dec, Jan and Feb at Glenwood Books from 2-3:30. for details.

On Tuesday mornings at Democracy Chat is hosted at Glenwood Books from 8:30-10:30 by Dave Reed. This week’s topic will be the Hostess Strike and closure.

On Tuesday, Nov 27, Barbara is planning a presentation on Citizens United at 7:00 at Hemphill Library.

On Dec 7, Glenwood Books is hosting a book reading and discussion from Spoma Jovanovic’s new book, “Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro,” 5-7 pm.

On Dec 8, Glenwood is having a book exchange/ bargain book sale in the afternoon.

A Buddhist Mediation will be hosted by John K at the new Greensboro Community Yoga center on Summit Ave from 6:30-7:30 on Sundays, beginning Dec 9. donations accepted.

***Regarding announcements/ info to be posted on the OGSO website, please send any calendar postings/ news/ contact info to***

Also, a question was raised about the OGSO listserve, how to use it to share announcements, and whether a link can be added to the website to broadcast posts??

Discussion topics:

Rolling Jubilee! We have copies of the Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, a project of OWS, distributed by Al. These manuals contain information on the personal resistance, and the People’s Bailout. The discussion touched on the stigma associated with debt, and ideas and understandings of the movement were shared. Possible follow up by a Rolling Jubilee working group or fundraiser…

The NC legislative session and Republican supermajority. Resistance and organizing, how to use the peoples’ power in NC…

Grassroots Action on Progress and Duke Energy, Fracking in NC

Duke  Roundtable Meeting Dec 1 at Glenwood Coffee and Books in Greensboro 11:00-4:00.  

Grassroots organizations from across the state are meeting next Saturday to organize and coordinate efforts against proposed rate hikes from Duke and Progress Energy companies, as well as nuclear energy proliferation and other pressing energy issues, with the coming legislative session. Please come join members of the Occupy Greensboro Energy Working Group, Greenpeace, and NC WARN, and others concerned with exploitation of natural resources and dirty  energy  profiteering in NC. Bring a bag lunch.

Contact for more info.

FrackFree NC goes live!  The alliance of NC organizations working against fracking in NC  launched the website today:  Go to
You’ll find great resources on  this issue – and it will be a one-stop website for event and issue updates.  There’s an online petition too.

Grassroots Frack Strategy Meeting Dec. 8 at the Summit (at Haw River State Park north of Greensboro). If you would like to join us for a day-long grassroots strategy gathering on December 8th to keep NC Frack Free, please click here for online registration involved/meeting-registration/

Registration, including lunch, is just $10,  deadline is Nov. 29.


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