The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) has been a long-time, trusted community partner, yet the rules governing KUB have facilitated a drift away from the people KUB serves.
HERE'S WHAT KUB'S DONE LATELY
Increased its mandatory monthly electrical fixed fee from $6 in 2010 to $20.50 in 2020. All utility fixed fees on customers' bills now exceed $85 per month.
Rushed signing a 20-year long-term contract with power provider TVA, with no meaningful opportunity for public comment even though customers’ dollars are on the line, which has put customers at risk.
Spent hundreds of thousands of customers’ dollars on public relations consultants to boost KUB’s image, even though KUB is a public-power monopoly without competition
These things have happened because the 'public' has too often been left out of
KUB’s role as a public utility
Knoxville: It’s time for the public to ensure more accountability, cost-savings, and transparency FROM KUB, THE UTILITY WE OWN
HOW WE PUSH FOR CHANGE
In the summer of 2020, the ACT on KUB campaign supported an amendment to the Knoxville City Charter to enact reforms to KUB, that would promote more accountability, cost-savings, and transparency for the people KUB serves. If the proposed charter amendment, presented by Councilmembers Seema Singh and Amelia Parker, had passed through City Council, city-residents would have had the opportunity to vote on the amendment in the fall 2020 general election.
In response to our campaign, Mayor Kincannon asked City Council to pass a resolution that partially addressed concerns raised by the ACT on KUB coalition, in lieu of the coalition's proposed changes to the City's Charter. The Mayor's resolution was unanimously passed by City Council on July 28, 2020.
On August 20, 2020, the KUB Board of Commissioners formalized the agreement struck by Mayor Kincannon and KUB executive staff in the form of two resolutions:
The first resolution freezes residential basic service charges, or fixed fees, on all KUB services for five years beginning in 2021 and running through 2025.
The second resolution establishes a community advisory panel that will serve as a channel of communication between community representatives and KUB concerning major policy issues.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Many Knoxvillians are faced with energy costs that are disproportionately high compared to their income, which is sometimes referred to as energy burden.
All Knoxvillians deserve clean and affordable utility service at the lowest possible cost and held accountable by transparency and participation in decision-making.
WHO WE ARE
We are a coalition of bill payers and community groups seeking more Accountability, Cost-Savings, and Transparency from the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) who in the summer of 2020 campaigned for an amendment to Knoxville's City Charter to achieve these goals.
The ACT on KUB coalition will continue to remain vigilant in our commitment to address energy issues in Knoxville.
Seema Singh, Knoxville City Councilmember
Amelia Parker, Knoxville City Councilmember
Gloria Johnson, Representative for U.S. House, District 13
Knoxville organizations + Individuals
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
One Knox Legacy Coalition
Community Voices' Affordable Utilities Council
Sierra Club - Harvey Broome Group
Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment (SOCM)
Tennessee American Promise
Underground Ground Collective / Battlefield Farms
Marshall Stair, Knoxville City Councilmember (2011-2019) and Candidate for Knoxville City Mayor (2019)
Renee Hoyos, Candidate for U.S. House, District 2
Matthew Park, Candidate for Tennessee State House (no longer running for office)