APS rate hike is unbelievable
This is in reference the Jan. 20, 2013, Letter to the Editor "Something is wrong with electricity rates" written by Carole Chaplin.
I agree with everything she said. I am 74 years old, with the experience of living in 17 different locations during my lifetime, and I consider myself a reasonably informed individual. Never have I heard of an organization charging customers more for their product because the programs they promoted to their customers were successful. That is exactly what the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has authorized APS to do. Amazingly, those of us that paid the additional cost for compact fluorescent light bulbs to support energy efficiency will now have to pay APS an additional monthly charge for having done so.
APS will add an additional charge to our monthly bill to make up for their loss of electricity sales due to their success in promoting energy efficiency. The arrogance of the government of our state to allow this is beyond belief. The failure of the ACC to keep this from happening reflects a commission that has lost sight of the reason for its existence. The decision of the monopoly called APS to gouge their customers with an additional charge so that "fixed assets" can be maintained at the level previous to their loss of electricity sales, and expecting us to believe that these "fixed assets" cannot be downsized to equate to their electricity sale loss is insulting. The continuation of APS involvement in solar and other energy programs to produce even more electricity demonstrates this additional charge is nothing more than greed. Most of all, the silence of the local media, the silence of our local politicians and the silence of our state representatives prior to and after this additional charge was approved is just another example in the failure of all to act responsibly.
We need to find a way to voice our concerns so that what is described above does not occur, or corporate America will continue to bleed us down to our last dime.
John W. Gillis