BGE price hike backlash.

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BGE price hike brings political backlash By ELIZABETH LEIS, Staff Writer Public outrage over looming BGE bill increases has sent a jolt through the General Assembly, where lawmakers are suddenly signing onto ...

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charles

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yea that would be the right thing to do give BGE more money buy spreading your bill out over time and charge you interest.Why dont we just let them start there own credit card company to Can you BGE master Card?
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Mar 17, 2006
 
yea that new min. wadge raise will cover this too.
Docknows1

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We need to not only gripe, but to fight.
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Mar 20, 2006
 
Docknows1 wrote:
We need to not only gripe, but to fight.
Fight how? Oil lamps? That's the only thing I can think of, besides a tent in the yard and sleep under the stars. I can see we will have a number of house fires, due to oil lamps. They just made an $11 billion deal, so we have to pay for the merger? That's stupid! I hate BGE. Washington Gas has a proposal to ONLY increase you bill by 62%. How wonderfully kind of them!
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Mar 21, 2006
 
A Brief History of Deregulation in Maryland
(taken from Maryland GOP)

Here’s the history behind the Baltimore Gas & Electric rate increases you won’t read in The (Baltimore) Sun…

Maryland lawmakers and Governor Glendening approved a half-baked plan in 1999 to deregulate Maryland’s electric utility companies. Their shortsighted plan has led to BGE increasing electric utility rates by 72 percent this summer.

The Glendening-packed Public Service Commission approved the methodology allowing for the 72 percent increase in 2003. Max Curran – Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s brother-in-law and Attorney General Joseph Curran’s son – was one of the commissioners to approve the plan.

Senate President Mike Miller, who championed the 1999 law, took nearly $9,000 in campaign cash from Enron and other energy companies the same year that he rammed the bill through the legislature.

Mayor O’Malley has taken at least $8,500 in campaign cash from energy-related companies even while foisting an energy tax hike on Baltimore City residents in 2004. Mayor O’Malley should level with the citizens of Baltimore next time he thinks about preening for the cameras.

Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan took at least $2,200 in campaign cash from the electric utility industry and let energy taxes increase 300 percent in Montgomery County in 2003. Doug Duncan should level with Montgomery County residents before “thinking bigger.”

Maryland’s shortsighted liberals suddenly have a case of amnesia. Instead of taking responsibility for their own half-baked plan, they are faking surprise and trying to blame Governor Ehrlich for a law they enacted four years before he took office.

Miller, Duncan and O’Malley still haven’t learned that leaders don’t whine and finger-point. Leaders find solutions. So it’s not surprising that, when asked by reporters, they couldn’t offer a single solution to the problems their party wrought in 1999.

Fortunately, Governor Ehrlich is pursuing solutions to protect Marylanders from exorbitant rate increases. Governor Ehrlich has made clear a 72 percent increase will not stand, and is working with lawmakers to find a common sense solution that puts Maryland customers first.

Notable quotes:

"’It's something that must happen,’ state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.(D-Prince George's) said of the state's push to get a deregulation bill through during the legislative session this winter.”– The Baltimore Sun, February 3, 1999

“Prices will go down, no ifs, ands or buts.”– President Miller, The Baltimore Sun, December 3, 1997

“Senate President Miller said one of his primary concerns for the General Assembly session is making way for rapid electric deregulation.”– The Baltimore Sun, January 13, 1998

“Why would Mr. Miller, no expert on deregulation, do such a thing? Could it have to do with the fact that some very powerful lobbyists, including one of his best friends, are strenuously pressing for quick entry into the electricity market?”– The Baltimore Sun, April 5, 1998

Here's how little they knew about what they voted on back then.....

As Delegate Joe Vallario said, "I'm afraid we don't know everything that's in [the law]." The Baltimore Sun, April 3, 1999.

As John Giannetti said, "It's a leap of faith.", The Baltimore Sun, April 3, 1999.

As Senator Brian Frosh said. "I bet there aren't more than handful of people in the state who fully understand it." The Baltimore Sun, April 3, 1999
not christian in Bmore

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Apr 20, 2006
 
RevGlenn is mostly correct. The only bit of info he left out is: Governor Ehrlich took $27,000 from BG&E while in Congress. State campaign finance reports show that Governor Ehrlich has taken at least $44,700 in additional contributions from BG&E and Constellation Energy since 1999. See the pattern folks? It's all about the MONEY. We need to fight not only BGE (if only they were talking gay marraige we could get some REAL action...look at the pathetic five posts here versus the "Marriage bill" thread) but campaign finance reform is a MUST for ALL parties. Oh - my point - Ehrlich did the same thing. And tehy are all dirty for it (though I read duncan is giving his camapaign contributions back...and I don't endorse Duncan specifically)
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Apr 20, 2006
 
gurty wrote:
yea that new min. wadge raise will cover this too.
...ummm, i think you have to be able to spell "wage" to get minimum wadge.
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Apr 24, 2006
 
not christian in Bmore wrote:
RevGlenn is mostly correct. The only bit of info he left out is: Governor Ehrlich took $27,000 from BG&E while in Congress. State campaign finance reports show that Governor Ehrlich has taken at least $44,700 in additional contributions from BG&E and Constellation Energy since 1999. See the pattern folks? It's all about the MONEY. We need to fight not only BGE (if only they were talking gay marraige we could get some REAL action...look at the pathetic five posts here versus the "Marriage bill" thread) but campaign finance reform is a MUST for ALL parties. Oh - my point - Ehrlich did the same thing. And tehy are all dirty for it (though I read duncan is giving his camapaign contributions back...and I don't endorse Duncan specifically)
It kinda seems that people are settling for this. As a nation we dont really fight for anything therefore we keep getting screwed. Just like the Oil prices and the War. Is there a site or organization that is organzing a ralley?
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May 10, 2006
 
I almost fell for BGEs shade of a whimper. Talk show hosts became curiously quiet as BGE spokespeople offered their pure logic, "Look around you", they matter-of-factly pressed. "Under MD law you cheapskates have been getting cheap energy while other states have allowed the market to adjust things" I'll be damned.

So just how much cheaper are we than our neighbors? Search > states kilowatt costs< . From what I have seen we are in the low end 80% of the country. 72% increase puts us in the top end of that 80%.

Sounds more to me like BGE simply would rather make te big bucks than the meager ones. Cool, that's good business. New England (most of that remaining 20%) pays twice as much. BGE wants more, we dont want to give. I believed it simply a matter of how we paid, there seemed to be little question that the extra MUST be paid.

Nationwide rates vary from about 6 cents all the way up to about 14 cents. Maryland now pays about 7 cents. BGE would rather have 12 or 13. So why is there no option to pay, say, 9 or 10 cents?

Glendening? Erlichs' PSC machine? Mike Bush? Annapolis? Just a losers attempt to explain what they don't understand, put BGE on the line if you please. Personally, I can afford to and don't mind paying the 72%. In 50 years I've had great service from BGE. So why feed me cheap lies and numbers that don't jive?
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Is calling BGE, Baltimore Greed and Extortion right?
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May 27, 2006
 
Who can shed light on the $500 million that BG&E is said to owe back to the State of Maryland?
Where did the $500 mil come from in the first place?
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May 28, 2006
 
reeldeel wrote:
I almost fell for BGEs shade of a whimper. Talk show hosts became curiously quiet as BGE spokespeople offered their pure logic, "Look around you", they matter-of-factly pressed. "Under MD law you cheapskates have been getting cheap energy while other states have allowed the market to adjust things" I'll be damned.
So just how much cheaper are we than our neighbors? Search > states kilowatt costs< . From what I have seen we are in the low end 80% of the country. 72% increase puts us in the top end of that 80%.
Sounds more to me like BGE simply would rather make te big bucks than the meager ones. Cool, that's good business. New England (most of that remaining 20%) pays twice as much. BGE wants more, we dont want to give. I believed it simply a matter of how we paid, there seemed to be little question that the extra MUST be paid.
Nationwide rates vary from about 6 cents all the way up to about 14 cents. Maryland now pays about 7 cents. BGE would rather have 12 or 13. So why is there no option to pay, say, 9 or 10 cents?
Glendening? Erlichs' PSC machine? Mike Bush? Annapolis? Just a losers attempt to explain what they don't understand, put BGE on the line if you please. Personally, I can afford to and don't mind paying the 72%. In 50 years I've had great service from BGE. So why feed me cheap lies and numbers that don't jive?
I'm glad you can afford the 72% increase. I can't. Up until last year, I have been contributing to the Maryland Fuel Fund. With this increase, plus the increased cost of heating oil plus the increased cost of gasoline - with me living on a fixed income, I will have to apply to be on the receiving end of charity this year.
But even if I could afford the increased BG&E rate, there is a stench involved in this deal that needs to be sorted out before the monopoly created by the merger with FPL should even be discussed. Some of the problem was created by studitity, but much of it has been created by greed by BG&E and our elected,(and appointed) politicians as well.
First, find out where the smell is mostly coming from - then we can examine what, if any, increase is should be considered.
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May 28, 2006
 
In response to RevGlenn;
This should not be considered a partisan issue. I have written to almost everybody at the State and Federal level.
I got a response from Senator Mikulski, passing this off as a, "State issue." I wrote back and reminder her that the main reason this was an, "issue" at all, was because Congress and our Administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have, over the past 20 years, allowed damaging monopolies to proceed which have depleted our choices of banks, insurance companies, utility companies, telephone companies,(fixed and cellular) and most of all - oil companies,(Four such monopolies now control 61% of all retail gasoline sales in the US). Hell, these monopolies have even spilled over to grocery stores and funeral parlors.
I got a response from Congressman Wayne Gilchrest. He said he agreed with my stance and that he is working on it. He must be working, "behind the scenes" because I've neither seen nor read of any activity on his part. I'm sure it must be difficult for a Republican US Congressman to, publicly, voice an opinion in opposition to a Republican Governor - but I'm fed up with pussy-footing, party politics on issues that affect us all. Nobody's toes are safe in this dance.
The rest of the gutless wonders in our General Assembly,(who were supposed to call a special session) have not responded for fear they will have to become visible. They are all,(Democrat and Republican) hoping the voters will forget all about this issue come the Fall election. And why not. We usually do. That's why we're in this mess.
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Jun 5, 2006
 
Check out www.ihatebge.com that is I HATE BGE.com
it is a place for news and public forums
EJM

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Jun 9, 2006
 
It's very simple, the PSC, Gov Ehrlich and the MD Senate need to grow some brass balls and tell BGE/Constellation Energy and FPL that there will be no merger and no 72% hike in rates.

Mayo Shattuck and his trophy wife will have to cut back on nannies, being a Raven cheerleader, plastic surgeries and forgoing his $20 million bonus with the merger.

BGE is not going broke now with the rates and are raking in the bucks. It's nothing more than corporate greed and sticking it to the hard working people of Maryland. Their ads in the local papers and commercials on TV are a joke trying to compare their rates vs. the industry average in the northeast and crying poor.

It's amazing how these big corporate companies whine about profit, but don't even flinch about giving out multi-million dollar bonuses to the CEO's, but nickle and dime the blue collar worker on wages.

It's time for Marylanders to clean house in its government in the elections if the elected officials can't take a stand for their own people.
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Jun 11, 2006
 
this really isn't about BGE. They have capped pirces since 93. That's right, no increase since 93. none. Whereas every other utility in the country was allowed to raise prices...they were not.

This is about the legislature and former governor making a mess of this...

really

BGE played by their rules...they set up the rules, not BGE.

To talk about CEO and profits is sily, you live in a free market, if you don't like that, there are many fine communist and fascist governments that regualte everything you are more than welcome to live in....

Take a stand against what? Someone making a profit...since when does government get to decide how much someone or a company can make?
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Jun 11, 2006
 
Us-the people wrote:
In response to RevGlenn;
This should not be considered a partisan issue. I have written to almost everybody at the State and Federal level.
I got a response from Senator Mikulski, passing this off as a, "State issue." I wrote back and reminder her that the main reason this was an, "issue" at all, was because Congress and our Administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have, over the past 20 years, allowed damaging monopolies to proceed which have depleted our choices of banks, insurance companies, utility companies, telephone companies,(fixed and cellular) and most of all - oil companies,(Four such monopolies now control 61% of all retail gasoline sales in the US). Hell, these monopolies have even spilled over to grocery stores and funeral parlors.
I got a response from Congressman Wayne Gilchrest. He said he agreed with my stance and that he is working on it. He must be working, "behind the scenes" because I've neither seen nor read of any activity on his part. I'm sure it must be difficult for a Republican US Congressman to, publicly, voice an opinion in opposition to a Republican Governor - but I'm fed up with pussy-footing, party politics on issues that affect us all. Nobody's toes are safe in this dance.
The rest of the gutless wonders in our General Assembly,(who were supposed to call a special session) have not responded for fear they will have to become visible. They are all,(Democrat and Republican) hoping the voters will forget all about this issue come the Fall election. And why not. We usually do. That's why we're in this mess.
ane me a mjor industry where four companies don't control the bulk of a product...

do we start regualting McDonald because them, burger king, KFC and taco bell have 60 percent of the market on fast food?

we live in a free market...
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Jun 11, 2006
 
To think I once worked for those greedy so and so's.
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Jun 11, 2006
 
Floyd wrote:
To think I once worked for those greedy so and so's.
Yeah, me too..........is this MO?
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May 25, 2007
 
though the affect of a price hike will certainly be devasting to some, it's an incentive, to those of us who can, to cut back on our energy use.

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