bvu fuel cost adjustment

bvu fuel cost adjustment

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bristol resident

United States

#1 Dec 19, 2008
Hi there

I just received a wallop on my electric bill for October 29 thru December 4, 2008.... My "Fuel Cost Adjustment" was 73.75!!

Can someone explain what's going on?
resident 2

Bristol, VA

#2 Dec 19, 2008
I think BVU is trying to bankrupt the residents of Bristol. Each month I turn my thermostat down, I do not use the oven and my house is cool but each month they seem to find a way to stick it to me and the bill goes higher and higher! I wonder if they just don't guesstimate (is that even a word??) the bill instead of charging for what we actually use. The meter reader comes around about the same time each month and there was one month I KNOW FOR A FACT he did not read my meter because my meter is on the side of the house and there was snow on the ground and there was no footprints leading to the meter!!!! There was footprints to the water meter since it is close to the road. I did call BVU about the fuel cost adjustment on my bill when it started showing up and was explained a bunch of junk to me on the reason it was on my bill. I think BVU wants ALL of our money. I feel sorry for everyone but mostly our senior citizens on fixed incomes who can not afford these high bills.
bristol resident

United States

#3 Dec 19, 2008
I dread seeing the electric bill come in every month... ive replaced my bulbs, sealed my windows, had my heat pump serviced, use the microwave instead of the oven, my heat is on 67 and regardless, the bill goes up , up , up!!!! Has anyone else seen a drastic increase in their bill... last months bill of oct was 190... this months was 489 (oct. 29 thru dec. 4)geez!!! sorry, ranting!
bethany

United States

#4 Dec 21, 2008
I'm not a BVU customer. I have AEP my bill last increased 125.00. We've put plastic over windows and done everything we can think of to conserve. Somebody needs to help utility customers but there dosen't seems to be anyone who really cares.
resident 2

Bristol, VA

#5 Dec 21, 2008
I know of a 80 year old lady who lives by herself, new heat pump, her attic is entirely insulated to bvu's standards, new energy saving windows, uses the energy saving expensive light bulbs, never uses a oven, keeps her house cool to keep the bill down, keeps the lights off, never uses hardly any stove or washer/dryer (probally once a month) and she received her bill last week from BVU and her bill was 395.00! My question is how does the senior citizen on fixed income pay these rates and how do any of us pay these ridiculous fees. We have to pay it or they will turn it off so I guess we have to do without food or medicine or other things we may need just to pay BVU. Makes me sick!
bethany

United States

#6 Dec 21, 2008
I've yet to understand how anyone can pay these bills. I feel for those seniors on fixed incomes. Families with young children are also being hit hard, What are we to do? I'm not sure who we can appeal do. Thousands contacted the SCC about APCO's increase but it did no good. We are still being slammed with outrageous utility bills. We need electricity, they know it and they can charge what they please. Never mind that the economy is in bad shape, I would like someone to tell me where we are supposed to get the money. The cost of living is on the rise, icomes are not. When you contact social services for assistance they tell you, "You make too much."
Joe Kid

Knoxville, TN

#7 Dec 21, 2008
My BVU bill is 486.00. The fuel adjustment cost is 80.00. I'm like everybody else here trying to save. I did all the energy saving tips and keep my heat pump on 68 degrees. I called last month and complained about this fuel adjustment cost and they blame it on TVA. I'm using less energy every month than a year ago and it is still almost double.

The reason people are losing their homes is because after they pay their electric bill they can't made the mortage payments. My electric bill will soon be higher than my mortage payment.

I thought TVA generates electricity from water. What is the purpose of the fuel adjustment cost? Does it cost BVU 80.00 to come to my house and read the meter.

If I have to pay 500.00 a month for electricity I might a well buy solar panels.

Since: Nov 08

A-Town

#8 Dec 21, 2008
Id say alot of the revenues are funding their big complex on lee highway, Id read somewhere that they were in debt up to their eyeballs as a result. They just ran fiber next to where I live and sure enough I got a letter inviting me to thier wonderful optinet, problem is its more expensive than what im currently paying for a faster service with comcast... I know that can not mean anything other than a rate hike on comcast to "match" . Lets hide and watch ughs

Since: Nov 08

A-Town

#9 Dec 21, 2008
Sick of It

Bristol, TN

#10 Dec 22, 2008
I'm a BTES customer, and I got the same song and dance story...."blaming it on TVA" as you guys are getting. I've done the same...sealed windows, live in the dark, use CFL's and have the thermostat set on 68 degrees. I got my bill this month and they tried to say that I tripled my usage in November versus October. Somehow I went from an average of 38 KW per day to 90.....?? My house is just two years old...virtually brand new and well insulated. And yes, my bill increased from 101.00 in November (for October usage) to 253.00 in December (for November usage).

I agree with Joe Kid....TVA generates electricity "hydroelectrically". ....so how does that relate to any petroleum-based product....wherein would lie the reason for a "fuel cost adjustment?" They don't even have to come to my house to read the meter now, supposedly, with this new fancy digital one they installed.

Albeit it has been unusually cold this November and December thus far....but not enough to triple the power usage.....

I'm thinking of the solar panel idea myself!!

Since: Nov 08

A-Town

#11 Dec 22, 2008
1563 KW 143.34 up from 751 KW
Kasey

Bristol, VA

#12 Dec 27, 2008
Just received my electric bill from BVU and it doubled from last month which is a joke since my heatpump was down for nearly 2 weeks of the month and had no heat in the house and my house is less than 1000 square feet and used no oven! My bill is nearly 500.00. I believe we are being victims of something here. Maybe lining someones pocket at BVU
Joe Kid

Knoxville, TN

#13 Dec 30, 2008
Kasey wrote:
Just received my electric bill from BVU and it doubled from last month which is a joke since my heatpump was down for nearly 2 weeks of the month and had no heat in the house and my house is less than 1000 square feet and used no oven! My bill is nearly 500.00. I believe we are being victims of something here. Maybe lining someones pocket at BVU
What can we do. Who do we complain to.
James Bond

United States

#14 Dec 30, 2008
Joe Kid wrote:
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What can we do. Who do we complain to.
(1).Your elected representatives , both local and federal, since TVA is a gov't corp.(2) The State Corporation Commission, the body that allows/governs rate increases.
Debbie Felty

Lewisburg, TN

#15 Jan 5, 2009
Maybe if BVU hosted a TV station with more facts on how to help lower our electric bills instead of showing how to lower our water bill, everyone might not be so upset. I know there are wasy everyone of us could cut get down on the use of electric. How about you BVU? Take that silly comercial off the TV station and save us all a little money.
BRC549

Paducah, KY

#16 Jan 23, 2009
Well I got one for you all. I got my bill for November it was $452.09 and I live in a 1 bedroom mobile home with a wood stove in an addition. I don't cook & my clothes are dried by the fire. I called to get help and was given 3 phone numbers and called and was told I would get help I only needed a disconnect notice. Well this was on December 27 and I expected a notice by January 5 but never got one. I come home yesterday and got a bill for the current month and on this bill it tells me that I have until 7 a.m. on 1-23-09 to pay the bill. Now I have 12 hours to come up with the money and my family kids included will suffer. My bill for December as $378, I ask this is the amounts fair that they are charging us? Those that I know that have AEP, they get worked with on their high bills, BVU want's all or nothing. This is uncalled for! Sorry that was just my little spill. But something really does need to be done!
Calvin

Heiskell, TN

#17 Jan 23, 2009
What ever happened to that law that they cant cut your electricity off during the winter months
Calvin

Heiskell, TN

#18 Jan 23, 2009
The PUC survey of terminations is part of a report on implementation of the Responsible Utility Consumer Protection Act of 2004. More commonly referred to as Chapter 14, the legislation passed with the support of gas and electric utilities and is aimed at "increasing utility account collections and eliminating the subsidization of bad debt costs by paying customers," according to a policy statement.

Prior to Chapter 14, utilities were barred from terminating service during the winter months. Criticized by consumer advocates, the law now allows utilities to cut off power during the winter for customers with incomes 250 percent or more of the federal poverty level. The 2008 federal poverty guideline is $10,400 for an individual, and $21,200 for a family of four. The implication is that an individual earning $26,000 a year or a four-member family with an income of $53,000 should have no excuse for not paying their utility bills.
Bristol Resident 3

Bristol, VA

#19 Jan 30, 2009
I feel like we are taking it in the shorts with BVU. My last bill was 270.00 and this month 200.00 I thought it was suppose to go down in Jan? We have no other option. Not like we can choose another electric company.
bvu user

Bristol, VA

#20 Apr 1, 2014
This is all a rip off there is no way they use that much fuel in a month.First it was for their vehicles now they say is what their energy provider chargs them ever month for fuel to product electiicity.Thats crap they are ripping everybody off.

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