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Oct 05 2011

Power Bills to Skyrocket as Promised

Obama did promise before his election that if he was able to take power, electricity costs would “necessarily skyrocket” — with effects on the economy that ought to be obvious even to a liberal. He hoped to accomplish this through Cap & Trade legislation, but his objective was so radical and obviously harmful to the country that he could not get it through the Democrat-controlled Senate. No matter: what can’t be legislated is simply imposed by fiat through regulation. That’s what the EPA is for. Tighten your belts; Obama is keeping his promise:

Already weary of high gas prices and 9.1 percent unemployment, many Americans are about to get another kick in the wallet thanks to large increases in their electricity bills.

From Alaska to Georgia and Wyoming to Florida, utilities are seeking permission to pass on hundreds of millions of dollars in new charges to customers to help upgrade aging infrastructure and build new or retrofitted power plants that comply with tougher environmental regulations, a Daily Beast review of regulatory filings has found. …

The Beast’s review of regulatory filings found at least 16 utilities covering 6.1 million customers are seeking rate hikes of 5 percent or more. Almost half of those want increases of 10 percent or more.

True enough the power grid could use updating, but why does it need to cost so much? Here’s why:

[M]ore than half the states have imposed new clean-energy standards that require utilities to feed in renewable sources. Older systems can’t handle variable power sources such as wind and solar, and therefore require significant upgrades. …

Utilities also are facing more stringent environmental regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a variety of new rules that would affect electricity generation, essentially forcing utility companies to shutter their coal plants or invest hundreds of millions in scrubbers that remove toxins from the air.

It could be worse — and it soon will be. The EPA is currently working on regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, a surreal concept that has already been approved by the Supreme Court. This means that literally all human and even animal activity falls under EPA jurisdiction.

Government-imposed moonbattery isn’t cheap. Someone has to pay for it. That someone isn’t the power company; it’s you.


On tips from wingmann and Bob Roberts.

17 Responses to “Power Bills to Skyrocket as Promised”

  1. Right Reason says:

    But we have to stop global warming, err, I mean global cooling, uhhh, that is to say, global climate change-thingey where the weather in 2011 is not exactly the same as it was in 1991.

    Or something.

    And it’s not like the entire global warming, err, cooling, uhhhh, WHAT-THE-HELL-EVER, was founded on a lie, made up by a small group of scientists whose research has been shown as a fraud and based solely on computer models that are demonstrably phony …

    Is it?

  2. Bob Roberts says:

    “Government-imposed moonbattery isn’t cheap. Someone has to pay for it. That someone isn’t the power company; it’s you.”

    Excellent summation – too bad this simple, basic truth isn’t as obvious to them as it is to us.

  3. Because everyone knows the key to a strong economy is to make energy as scarce, unreliable, and expensive as possible.

  4. Bob Roberts says:

    CLIMATE CHANGE: It has been occurring since the Earth first developed a fluid envelope.

    You can’t stop it – it’s inevitable!

    GLOBAL WARMING: It’s been going on for something on the order of 15 to 16 thousand years, ever since the end of the last significant ice age. The recent warming trend seems to have been part of a 60 (or so) year cycle consisting of about 30 years of cooling followed by 30 years of warming. Temperature records suggest we have good data to substantiate at least two if not three of these cycles, though now deliberate efforts to skew the temperature record are actually counter productive to good science and general scientific progress. These people who think they’re doing good by imposing their false conclusions on us are in fact quite possibly ushering in the next “dark ages”. Understand they have a purpose – they believe the Earth is overpopulated. They believe the Earth is straining under the load and it is their “mission from God”, only they don’t believe in God so how can that be, to do something significant and quick to reduce global human populations. By cutting off energy supplies they are going to cause all the things they’ve been saying were coming all along – mass famine leading to starvation, increases in diseases, further reductions in the availability of potable water, less sewage treatment leading to excessive pollution and upward spiraling diseases related to untreated wastewater, etc.

    Just as they did with the economy (all of the economic problems we face today can be traced back to government intervention and socialistic meddling – on this I’m sure AC and I will likely agree) in their efforts to prove that capitalism is a failure, now they’re slowly ensuring environmental catastrophe will occur and thus they will again crow “we were right” when in fact they aren’t right, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM!

  5. Right Reason says:

    Wait, wait, wait … the comments seem to suggest some doubt as to the settled science known as global warming, err, I mean global cooling, NO, DAMN IT, I mean global-something-or-other where the weather seems different today.

    Come on. Industry releases 5.5 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually.

    [“Pssst … Doesn’t simple respiration release almost TWELVE TIMES that much every year? And doesn’t the ocean release more than 17 TIMES that amount every year?”]

    Ignore the man behind the curtain!! Ignore the man behind the curtain!!

  6. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Leave it to the left to deem basic survival illegal.

  7. Bob Roberts says:

    @Right Reason:

    Insects release more CO2 than humans do – so does that mean we should kill them all (and in so doing destroy the food chains that feed everything else)?

    No, of course not.

    As you point out, nature is a much more prominent CO2 source than humans. Every dollar we waste over CO2 is a dollar that could have paid for health care, water purification, sewage treatment or even for that matter green energy projects that really DO work: nuclear and hydroelectric. But note: The “green agenda” actually involves getting rid of ALL fossil fuels, ALL nuclear and ALL hydroelectric. All RELIABLE forms of energy production are targets.

    And moonbat Harry Reid doesn’t understand what TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY means:

    He seems to think that the TEA party supports tax hikes. Which only proves my thesis that moonbats suffer from deep and likely incurable mental problems.

    So the question arises: Is it time for a 3rd party? Actually I’m all for phasing out the Democrats and, if they don’t shape up, the Republicans too! Yes, the time is ripe for a third party with conservative/libertarian views in general. They can slowly replace the Democrats (who can become RINOs) and then if the Republicans don’t clean up their act, they can be phased out also.

    Imagine waking up to this every morning! All I can say is YEESH!

    Well, she is the world’s most title-laden noble… at least she’s got that going for her! I wonder if Spain is going to start taxing her more?

    Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart… ah, what the heck, look up the rest!

    She is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.

    Will anyone rescue us from the moonbats? They have literally abandoned us in shark infested waters. Will we survive? We’d best get to rescuing ourselves – NOBAMA 2012 and sweep out as many other Democrats as possible!

    UNION MEMBERS TAKE NOTE OF HOW YOUR DUES ARE BEING WASTED ON THINGS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY HURT YOU. Although clearly your leadership isn’t smart enough to get this, I’m hoping you rank & file members are: If the large corporations and other sources of jobs are successfully attacked & destroyed by your leaders, who will be left to give you jobs and pay your salaries?

    Get it?

  8. Bob Roberts says:

    Yes, it’s a point I’ve been making for a decade: Al Gore and other idiots like him are trying to make exhaling illegal – and it looks like they’re finally succeeding!

  9. wingmann says:

    I don’t know what all the hoopla is about…GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL.
    Just take a look at this photo that proves it!

    All I know is,if you are greener than al gore… are green enough….asshats.

  10. Right Reason says:

    wingman … having been married for 25 years, I can state that the visual provided has been running in reverse for my wife. She has gone from 2006 to the 1980’s.

    Oh well.

  11. Indigo Red says:

    I’ve alrready received my notification of price increases from PG&E (Pacific Gas&Electric.) There are four usage tiers charged at the follwing rates: T1=12.2 cents/kh, T2=13.9, T3=30.2, T4=34.2.

    Originally, rate increases were to nudge customers into conserving electriciy (a commodity that cannot be concerved as it is generated for immediate use) and this would save consumers money. As it turns, the more users cutback, the fewer billable kilowatt hours are charged, the lower the company dollar haul.

    Personally, I consumed 30/kh less this year than over the same 32 day period as last year lowering my invoice by $3.67; not much, but PG&E has to make up the difference somewhere, somehow to maintain profitability, so they raise the rates.

    I’ve never taken an economics course in my life and the game is clear enough for me to see that regulation only leads t higher prices and fewer choices.

  12. Sinister66 says:

    Indigo Red

    You hit the nail with that one. Everyone putting the little soloar arrays on thier house are also taking away from the power companys cash cow. They will recoup it someway.

  13. AC says:

    Originally, rate increases were to nudge customers into conserving electriciy (a commodity that cannot be concerved as it is generated for immediate use) and this would save consumers money. As it turns, the more users cutback, the fewer billable kilowatt hours are charged, the lower the company dollar haul.

    That isn’t exactly true. While, in general, we don’t store generated electricity, shedding load acts to take the most expensive forms of fueled generation (primarily NG) offline or to reduced power (and reduced fuel use) in response to the load decrease.

    Electrical generation consists of three main classifications:

    Conventional base load: Always on (coal, nuke)

    Peaking plants: Spun up to deal with peak (daytime) demands (typically NG)

    Renewables (ex hydro): Intermittently generating, with no cost savings for shutdowns at the margins

    The cheapest solution to energy demand is to run base load plants to meet the minimum continual demand, using more expensive solutions like NG to meet peak demand.

    This is why electricity is cheaper at night, particularly in large-scale commercial and industrial delivery contracts.

    California’s moonbat energy policies have strangled base production from coal, nuclear, and hydro, leaving base load power filled by the more expensive NG plants which should only be run during peak demand.

    What’s more, the moonbat public utility commission hates passing along rate increases, even when it puts companies like PG&E into bankruptcy. Tiers are a politically popular way to soak the rich by taxing their larger homes, all to pay for CARE utility welfare.

    The problem in California is that so much of the base load is coming from expensive NG and money-losing renewables (which still require NG backup) that utilities are being hammered by major fuel costs, whereas in other states it’s capital infrastructure, grid maintenance, billing, customer service, and other such issues which make up the majority of a cost of a kilowatt-hour.

    A utility in a place such as Nebraska doesn’t have to strongarm its customers into becoming lightswich Nazis to their families and friends because the fuel saved by that marginal reduction in use is so low, and actually zero at night.

    California, on the other hand, doesn’t have a sane source of cheap baseload power.

  14. katya kakhov says:

    Hopefully it’ll take them decades to figure out that the fermentation of beer , wine , and spirits generate a fuck ton of CO2 .

  15. Right Reason says:

    I am willing to do my part to reduce CO2 emissions to end the blight of global gee-the-weather-seems-different-today-did-you-leave-a-window-open??

    From now on, Al Gore and his ilk may breathe in but not out.

    You’re welcome.

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  17. PacRim Jim says:

    Higher energy bills will translate into inflation that will disproportionately hurt black people. What nonsense could Obama be thinking? The gratuitous imposition of misery is monstrous.

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