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  •  I'm that vote. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, ornerydad

    Believe it or not, our combined gas/electric was damn near exactly $432.  Where's my Oscar?

    Nanotechnology can take atmospheric CO2 and make diamonds and fresh air.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 05:58:16 AM PST

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      Entergy is totally messing w/ residents of my neighborhood, w/ higher "fool adjustments," bogus meter "readings," etc.  Everyone I know is contesting almost every bill.

      One neighbor got a bill for over $900 for a building she was gutting with no meter/service.  She called Entergy and asked wtf, was told, "We base our bills on the meter readings, ma'am."  She responded, "Well, your reader must have brought his own, because there hasn't been a meter on the building since the storm."

      They are simply throwing s**t out there to see if people are gullible enough to pay.  Meanwhile, they've gotten millions of the federal dough for our "reconstruction" and a hefty rate increase.  This after the wholly-owned "affiliate" that was once our public power company declared bankruptcy so that Entergy, Inc. wouldn't be touched by storm-related costs.

      No wonder the parent company's earnings and stock price keep hitting all-time record highs.

      Okay, sorry.  Blood cooling now.  As you were.

      Nanotechnology can take atmospheric CO2 and make diamonds and fresh air.

      by Crashing Vor on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 06:04:59 AM PST

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      •  Sure, bankruptcy is a beautiful thing! (2+ / 0-)
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        sbdenmon, Crashing Vor
        • - when you are a corporation.

        Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

        by ornerydad on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 06:08:08 AM PST

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      •  We now have Entergy (2+ / 0-)
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        ornerydad, Crashing Vor

        For years our 'Rural Member Owned Electric Company' was twice as high as the electric company owned by the city.  They said it was because they had less people per mile and were paying for a nuclear power plant.  After years of paying double, more and more homes were added to the area and nuclear power was paid for. The bills stopped going up.   We even started getting a piece of the profit.  Not much but $50 a year or so.

        Then they joined Entergy.  Ouch!  Our lowest bill was $248 in the months where there is no heat or air required.  Our highest has been $379.

        Entergy says they have to pay more for coal so they have to charge more.

        I think they screw with the meters.  One day, after joining Entergy, they came, knocked on the door and said they were going to change the meter.  Our bill had been reasonable and was still reasonable the next two months.  Then, I saw a man go to our meter box and heard him pull it and our electric went off for a few seconds.  Then a month or so later the same thing happened.

        When we complained about the high cost to the electric company, my husband mentioned the meter. They gave us a meter number to check to see if it was the original one.  Of course it was.  

        What I think they did is put in an inspected meter the first time with the "number" on it.  Then they pulled it later, replaced it with another one, while they took the original meter and made it run higher kwh.

        Walmart built where Entergy is the electric company and it turned them green and they are complaining so much that Entergy is being investigated!  But they said it would be two years before our company can pull out from the Entergy group.

        To me it is criminal what they are doing. Contracts should be cancelled when an utility is overcharging.

        We have a water well, and an electric heat pump. We are totally electric. Where our kwh used to be about 2000 on average it is 4200 on average.

        People who live in small homes are getting $700 electric bills.  It is not only a rip off of the middle class, if the government is paying for the poor's electricity, it is a rip off of the taxpayer.

        I am calling and demanding a new meter.

        If everyone would get amnesty in Iraq, then maybe they could sign a peace treaty. Too many have died since we refused amnesty before.

        by relentless on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 08:07:20 AM PST

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        •  Wal-Mart calls cops on utility! (0+ / 0-)

          Gotta love it...

          Somehow, the utility setup reminds me of the feudal system. In each city and county, the utilities are quasi-monopolies. The public utility review boards, such as they are, tend to be limp.

          But while we build vigilance and press for changes through routes like Public Citizen, etc., we can also be building a future where we farm some of our own energy. Some of it. Enough to counterbalance the centralized utility structure, enough to introduce a whole pervasive, background generation scene - - if we each (individual home or neighborhood, village or town, etc.) had a brace of panels or a little windmill setup - - then we would erode the monopolistic power and reduce the upward price pressure.

          Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

          by ornerydad on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 10:40:16 AM PST

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