Monday, February 14, 2005

Speaking of cheap electricity...

Our President's budget includes a proposal to change the Bonneville Power Administration's structure. Traditionally, the BPA has charged cost-based rates to Northwest utilities. Bush's proposal would have the BPA charge market-based rates, meaning that Northwest residents' electricity bills would sky-rocket. His justification is that he no longer wants to "subsidize" Northwest ratepayers. However, since federal law already requires the BPA to recover all of its expenses through electricity rates, we're not talking about federal appropriations here. So, just as Oregonians begin to emerge from a recession, our President's going to kick us while we're still down by jacking up our electric bills. Read more about it here, then write the President, your Congressmen, and the DOE. Do it.

2 Comments:

Blogger National Institutes of Mother Humping said...

There is no such thing as a market when there is only one customer in town.

7:35 AM  
Blogger great sandwich! said...

True, but W. isn't looking just at my town (and even in my town there are two electric utilities). He's defining the market as the U.S.

5:53 PM  

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