Captain’s Log 6,002
The local utility company has a plan. They want to start charging a flat meter fee for everyone who is hooked to service. $5 a month to start and capping at $10. And then…..they want to charge people like me (those who conserve and take efforts to minimize usage)……charge people like me a higher per kilowatt rate than they do the people who run air conditioners all day along and do 20 loads of laundry a week. If you use a lot of energy, your bill will go DOWN. If you conserve, your bill will go UP.
They say this is an effort to make it fair for all the rate payers. Fair? Their excuse is it’s too expensive for rate payers who live in the desert with a lot of kids. Well, shit fire! Who told them to have so many kids? If you have kids, you need to PAY for them! Dammit! And if you want to live in a boiling hot climate, expect to pay for your comfort! Do people in Minnesota act all whiny baby when they have high heating costs in the winter? Shit no! They accept it and understand it’s all part of the equation for living there.
And, get this…… The company says it will not see an increase in revenue. Bullshit. If they aren’t going to see an increase in revenue, why are they going to all this trouble? Are their hearts really bleeding for the desert dwellers with too many kids? When is the last time a utility company has ever felt sorry for anyone?
And a meter fee? They contend it costs them more to maintain my service than what I pay. How on earth can it cost more than $40 a month to service my $40 usage? With the $10 meter charge AND the proposed increase, my fee will be about $55 a month. That isn’t going to kill me financially, but why should I be punished for saving energy?
And the meter fee again! That’s like charging an extra $2 for using the hose every time you stop for gas. Or getting into a taxi with a pre-set $2.50 on the meter just for the privilege of picking you up. Crazy shit.
Oh, and they are going to subsidize people who cannot afford to do this. If they are going to subsidize people, why do it in the first place? Leave it alone!
I would love to slip away tomorrow and attend the city council hearing on this nonsense. Unfortunately, I have a work ethic that doesn’t allow me to do such things. Maybe someone will punish me for that someday too. Get a higher wage if you slack off. Makes about as much sense as this crap the utility company is trying to hoodwink us with this time.