Saturday, December 10, 2005

A message from my Electric Membership Corp

My electric bill came with a message from the CEO:
Dear Members:

Those of you who have lived in Georgia for at least one summer know that, on a hot summer afternoon when the clouds get dark and you hear thunder off in the distance, we are about to have a storm. People adjust their plans and get ready for what might come.

Currently, we are hearing the thunder of increasing energy costs and seeing the darkening clouds of a tightening energy supply of the various raw commodities used to produce electric energy. It appears that this is the prelude of what "might" come very soon, increased electrical rates.* With the tightening of the supply of coal and natural gas, two (2) of the most popular fuels used in the production of electric energy, coupled with record increases in the commodity price of these fuels, many people believe we are on the verge of a 1970s style energy crisis. We are not ready to sound that alarm just yet but want you, our members, to be aware that the "sky is getting dark" and like with that afternoon storm, we need to prepare...
He goes on to say that they will send out an energy professional to our homes to discuss how we can lower our energy usage.

*This sentence was very strange because the bill also came with a note that our Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment Factor has changed from $0.014100 per kWh to $0.024025. And its a fee on top of the Energy Charges.

I also wonder about the way he brought up the looming energy crisis as something other people a worried about but not them. And that the problem is coming but isn't coming yet. Why doesn't he want to take ownership of "sounding the alarm?" What is that strategy about?

We have turned down our thermostat and are making other changes to get our kWh down. I think we have a lot of room for improvement. December is usually our highest month so we will hopefully beat last years usage.

I'm sure we will all be hearing a lot more on this theme as the effects of peak energy begin to impact us where it really gets our attention--in our pocketbooks.

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