News10NBC Investigates: What would a public takeover of RG&E look like?

The Rochester City Council previously agreed to set aside money to help fund a feasibility study, but the cash is contingent on Monroe County coming up with additional funding and leading the effort to commission the study — which it has not agreed to do.

Among others, Metro Justice, United Auto Workers 1097 and the Federation of Social Workers are pushing County Executive Adam Bello and members of the county Legislature to reconsider their stance.

On Thursday, News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke spoke with Ted Kury, the Director of Energy Studies at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business’s Public Utility Research Center, about how takeovers work, when they’re beneficial to ratepayers and when they’re not.

Recently, voters in the state of Maine rejected a referendum that was the nation’s first effort to replace all privately owned utilities with a statewide nonprofit option. The public entity would have been governed by a board of elected and appointed members.

Watch or read the transcript of Dr. Kury’s full interview at – News10NBC.