BGE price hike backlash.

BGE price hike backlash.

There are 51 comments on the The Capital story from Mar 15, 2006, titled BGE price hike backlash.. In it, The Capital reports that:

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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Piss and moan

Falls Church, VA

#22 May 25, 2007
Why are you people complaining about having to pay the fair market value for your electricity?
Mike

Falls Church, VA

#23 May 25, 2007
Us-the people wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm glad you can afford the 72% increase. I can't.
Sorry to hear about your financial woes, but it's really quite simple: The fair market price of electricity has bee rising for many years. The crooks in Annapolis have been keeping it artificially low through unconstitutional law. Now that the "price caps" are coming off, we're going to have to take a big sudden jump up to where the price should be.

If you can't afford it, you shouldn't get it, unless there's a private charity that will help your cause. There's simply no "right" to having electricity. Nor should there be.

-Mike
Mike

Falls Church, VA

#24 May 25, 2007
EJM wrote:
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.[...]
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.
You people don't have a clue. The government should not be interfering whatsoever in these matters. The only reason we're going to have huge rate hikes is because of prior meddling. the government *CREATED* the BGE monopoly.

BGE is only collecting money on the delivery of the energy. The rates for the electricity (or gas) are determined by the free market prices THEY have to pay. They aren't making any additional profits on this rate hike. They're just finally getting paid a fair price to recoup what they're paying.

Why do you feel you deserve to get electricity for less than it's worth?

-Mike
Mike

Falls Church, VA

#25 May 25, 2007
timmythekaye-baltimore wrote:
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?
Amen!
Mike

Falls Church, VA

#26 May 25, 2007
gurty wrote:
yea that new min. wadge raise will cover this too.
The Minimum Wage kills.
If you can't understand that, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

“Hey JJ . . . You miss me?”

Since: May 07

West River, MD

#27 May 29, 2007
We cut back as much as we could this past winter, but despite conserving energy, our bill doubled, so we are now nothing more than victims of the price increase.

We were getting ready to put an addition on our house, now we've postponed it to look into solar energy as our main source. At least Mother Nature can't keep raising the rates.

I really feel bad for people on extremely tight budgets.

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#28 Jun 4, 2007
SuziQZ wrote:
We cut back as much as we could this past winter, but despite conserving energy, our bill doubled, so we are now nothing more than victims of the price increase.
We were getting ready to put an addition on our house, now we've postponed it to look into solar energy as our main source. At least Mother Nature can't keep raising the rates.
I really feel bad for people on extremely tight budgets.
Check closely into that Suzi. I have heard that some juristictions will actually penalise you for using alternatives like solar. I dont know if this is the case in AA County.

I know with water service it is the case as I had to seal my well when I was forced to accept city water supply. Getting rid of the septic I had no issues with!! LOL
Hambone

Ypsilanti, MI

#29 Jun 4, 2007
Gee No Mally suddnly could care less about this.
You think it has anything to do with the fact that he is in office now??
joe

Glen Burnie, MD

#30 Jun 5, 2007
Dont worry, osmelly will be taking care of the power problems in short order. He promised.
remember?

http://www.martinomalley.com/page/stream/7153...

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#31 Jun 5, 2007
SuziQZ wrote:
We cut back as much as we could this past winter, but despite conserving energy, our bill doubled, so we are now nothing more than victims of the price increase.
We were getting ready to put an addition on our house, now we've postponed it to look into solar energy as our main source. At least Mother Nature can't keep raising the rates.
I really feel bad for people on extremely tight budgets.
I almost forgot to add that not only was I forced to have city water piped in, and my well sealed off. I HAD TO PAY FOR IT!! Oh but I got it at such a bargain rate of $6,500.
Hambone

Ypsilanti, MI

#32 Jun 6, 2007
LOL!
Good URL Joe thanks!

Since: Jun 07

Gwynn Oak, MD

#33 Jun 7, 2007
This is a copy of the email I am sending to [email protected] s

Can you tell me what the government is going to do with all the people who will have to sell their houses because they can no longer afford to turn on a light? I am doing my part to conserve energy.(and if you have read my email about noise pollution that I sent under separate cover you will find that I can’t keep my windows open on nice evenings) Can you tell me if the Senate has replaced their light bulbs with low energy versions? What is the State of MD doing to conserve energy? How about skipping $600.00 lunches and putting it toward the fuel fund or better yet use it to put up solar panels or wind turbines. People want change and the community is getting fed up. Perhaps I should move to Vermont once they succeed…. I really hope they manage it. Time for change is now people are not happy with the way our Government is handling our affairs.
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I hope you guys wont bash me too much as my views may seem a little harsh but I will not be the Complacent American any more

The while I’m at it’s….

Let me go on to say that I feel its time to retreat and take care of our country, I feel we need to help ourselves first, so we are better able to take care of the rest of the world later when America can afford to help humanity. Let’s start collecting debts from other nations and stop handing out money to foreign countries.

Immigration – close the borders to all new immigrants for 10 (or more) years unless they can prove that they are endangered. Enforce what laws we currently have could be a start. Americans should not have to pay for illegal immigrants children to go to school.

Maybe you could win some votes with “green” voters if it is required that all state and federal buildings use solar or wind power. We have a constant bay breeze in our area…. Use it. But then again I guess that would make million dollar bonuses unheard of…..

I hope you remember why you are in office and I hope it’s not for profit… you supposedly are there as my voice…

How would you do if you had to live on minimum wage? I feel elected officials should earn minimum wage; it would help assure voters that you are there for the right reasons
Susan

Woodbridge, VA

#34 Jul 28, 2007
Mike you must have forgotten about the range of people that are required to form and sustain a community. I doubt many would agree w/ you that having electricity is a privilege, only for the privileged.
joe

Odenton, MD

#35 Jul 29, 2007
cutting back is going to do little good for the consumer.
the newest attack on the public is to allow the energy companies to raise the delivery side of the bill if the power side of the bill drops.

this is supposed to be so that they can continue maintaining the lines and infrastructure needed to get the power to the consumer.

basically it is to cover them if people actually do reduce their use.
the companies will make their money, one way or the other.
bob

Dundalk, MD

#36 Aug 1, 2007
people, stop talking lets find a way out of this, vote for people who care, take control of the power companies....the power companies are makng a profit, and keeping it all, I see no advanced pwer solutions on the rise, only the promise that they the companies are working for....towards the future needs of all of us.. don;t you think its about time we stop complaining and start doing, star a peoples revolution for better power systems and get the products to the people, not the promises as we have all been given by the Comission,...heck they all get paid and paid well, we the smal fry have to suffer, heck look at all the sotires of homes without power, wothout heat, without A~C......there aught to a right . think about it
Anna

Baltimore, MD

#37 Jan 31, 2008
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
If you can't afford it, you shouldn't get it, unless there's a private charity that will help your cause. There's simply no "right" to having electricity. Nor should there be.
-Mike
I cannot believe you said that. I'm guessing either you're suffering from some sort of mental illness that robs you of common sense or you're a time traveler from, oooooh, saaaaay, 130 years ago or you're just a dick. In any event, I'm going to take just a minute of my time to bring you up to speed with how things work here in the 21st century. We're a fairly advanced, technological society. Without electriciy for a prolonged period of time, the majority of us would be unable to eat, bathe, communicate with the outside world. The majority of us have neither the skills, nor the means, to survive without electricity, and, without it, one would quickly become unable to live as a civilized human being. For you to suggest that living without electricity is a feasible solution for even a small portion of our society is, in a word, IDIOTIC.
Muck

Linthicum Heights, MD

#38 Feb 2, 2008
SWEEEEET! I just got my BGE Bill this month, 650+! GO BGE THANKS!
Steve

Glen Burnie, MD

#39 Feb 4, 2008
Marian_410 wrote:
<quoted text>
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!
No, you fight by dropping BG&E and go with the couple of smaller companies that are available; and there are a couple that you can switch to.
Anonymous

Mount Laguna, CA

#40 May 6, 2008
How about we all just get off our asses and do something about it instead of crying and whining on the internet like a bunch of 15 year old girls.
chris

Ypsilanti, MI

#41 Aug 16, 2008
hum gov't provides BGE regulator requirements to sell back of solar. seems they don't competition!!
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>
You people don't have a clue. The government should not be interfering whatsoever in these matters. The only reason we're going to have huge rate hikes is because of prior meddling. the government *CREATED* the BGE monopoly.
BGE is only collecting money on the delivery of the energy. The rates for the electricity (or gas) are determined by the free market prices THEY have to pay. They aren't making any additional profits on this rate hike. They're just finally getting paid a fair price to recoup what they're paying.
Why do you feel you deserve to get electricity for less than it's worth?
-Mike

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