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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 06:03 AM
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PG&E rate cuts OK'd for biggest energy users
Source: Fresno Bee

State utility regulators approved changes to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. rates that will reduce the sting of power bills this summer for customers who use the most electricity.

The rate structure approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission in Sacramento may, however, mean higher bills for customers who use less electricity when the rates take effect for most users on June 20.

... The biggest difference will be for customers whose monthly power consumption reaches into the highest tier. Tier 4 power will be charged at a rate of 33.3 cents per kWh, a reduction of more than seven cents from the old rate of 40.4 cents a big break for those who use the most electricity.

... But changes to the threshold consumption levels for each tier will have the effect of raising the bills for just about everyone else, including low-income customers.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/05/26/2404314/pge-rate-cuts-okd-for-biggest.html
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 06:19 AM
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1. More class warfare.
More Corporate Welfare.
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BeliQueen Donating Member (433 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 06:41 AM
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2. This doesn't make any sense
Why would a state regulator approve that? Are they getting bribes and kick-backs?
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jayfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 07:11 AM
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3. What a bunch of BS!
This is the exact opposite of the way things should be done. Sounds like getting a tax break to by a Hummer.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 07:47 AM
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4. And yet, when I use more in the summer,
I pass the baseline and go up a tier, or two, or three, with each new tier comes a higher rate. So when I use more, I pay more, unless I'm a wealthy corporation. Got it.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 08:30 AM
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5. Wtf? This needs to be changed back. (nt)
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yesphan Donating Member (295 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 08:58 AM
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6. It costs a lot of money
to keep those McMansions cool and the swimming pools and water features running.
They need a break and I'm more than happy to to pick up the tab for them.

:sarcasm:
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:00 AM
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7. What a surprise...a price break for the wealthy..
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DesertDiamond Donating Member (838 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:07 AM
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8. So let me get this straight... The non-rich are getting services cut, paying most of the taxes....
that support this country, and now as we struggle through the heat waves of the summer, bearing high temperatures to use less electricity, we'll be paying extra to give the corporations even more of a break??? Thanks a lot!
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:39 AM
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9. WTF!!!
...screwed again by mega-business and their puppets.
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:20 AM
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10. I am one who will be paying more --
I grew up in the 70s here during the energy crisis and became a hardcore energy conservation homeowner. Programmable thermostat, energy efficient appliances, compact fluorescents, insulation, a hawk about turning unnecessary lights and appliances off, line drying my clothes -- you name it, I do it.

And now I will be paying extra so some asshat in a valley McMansion can cool their homes more cheaply. :mad:

To say I am pissed off is an understatement. Fuck PG&E with a chainsaw -- I want outta their grip so bad I can taste it.

If this doesn't spark San Francisco into enacting it's own muni power like our charter calls for I don't know what will.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:53 PM
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12. We have municipal power
It's not that great. :P
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:49 PM
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11. The only thing Green about this plan is...
the money the wealthy will be saving.
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