Thu 8 Oct 2015
CWLP had been on the path towards renewable energy and maybe erecting a wind turbine or a solar panel field. This is sad, because many of us for years have tried to get Springfield off its addiction to coal. But as Clark Bullard says this seems to be ending.
Clark Bullard: Unclear if CWLP’s proposed rate changes are fair
Posted Oct. 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM
When a monopolist offers you a price adjustment, it is wise to ask who wins and who loses.
Springfield’s City Water, Light and Power is asking aldermen to restructure electric rates by increasing the meter charge while reducing the energy charge. The stated goal is to stabilize annual revenue.
It is not labeled a rate hike, but CWLP admits small users will get bigger bills, while large users will get smaller bills. The proposal would penalize customers who counted on fast payback of the premium they paid for energy-efficient appliances, light bulbs, air conditioners or solar panels. It would reward large users who waste energy.
To ease the pain and spread the joy, the utility proposes a four-year phase-in process.
Extreme weather events are causing larger year-to-year revenue fluctuations for utilities everywhere. It is not surprising to see them trying to control their revenue stream by reducing customers’ ability to control their monthly bills.
Go there and read more. More next week.