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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Abingdon, MD

#42 Aug 19, 2008
I agree

Glen Burnie, MD

#43 Aug 20, 2008
charles wrote:
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?
They do have one already - it's called BGE Home. WE got ripped by bge home when they split from the utility company. They talked us into keeping them to supply our gas. Well, after 10 years we found BGE Home was purchasing the gas from BGE Utility for .74cents and reselling and charging us $1.40 cents per therm. So if you're using natural gas - Call and find out if it's bge home or bge utility which is charging you.
BGE Home are total dollar Whore$- I wouldn't use them to clean my toilet. I cancelled all plans I had with them and after 10 years of total rape - they had to guts to charge a $25.00 switchover fee back to bge utility. Check'em out folks.

Glen Burnie, MD

#44 Aug 20, 2008
FOLKS, BGE Home SUCKS. They have the plan and agreements from their split from the BGE Utility company to allow them to charge outlandish prices for their services and add it right to your utility bill and pay by the month at exhorbant charges for their work and interest charges. What a team. Sheisters of Maryland.

This is why in their advertisements now they inform they're not part of the utility company but have the same logo. Check your natural gas bills and see who's charging you. If BGE Home is your gas provider you're paying out the wazoo like we did for 10 years.
Tom Jackson

Columbia, MD

#45 Feb 24, 2009
You want to stimulate the Maryland economy immediately without any damage to the value of a dollar? Then the citizens and government must take over BGE and run it as a municipal corporation, first rolling back all the rates to 2006 levels, then eliminating the fraudulent "delivery/distribution " charge which is absolutely an absurd and artificial "line charge" having no basis in actual cost or value. Then, reduce the "meter-reading" fee from its current monthly charge of $25 down to $2, which is exactly what utilities in South Carolina charge.
American Girl

Bethpage, NY

#46 Feb 24, 2009
Now this really doesn't surprise me. BGE renigged on the sale to Warren (riches guy in US). When this happened Warren slapped a fine and penality on BGE. Huge amount. BGE wanted a French Co. to purchase instead. WHY? this is for this to happen they had to stop sale to Warren. the yoke was on BGE because the French co. only wanted the Nuclear Power Plants. real scary.
Now the yoke will be on the consumer. Guess who is paying for the fine and penality of not selling to Warren. YOU and ME....Somebody please put a stop to all this madness and greed. GREED...

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#47 Mar 7, 2009
Does anyone else see that it is TIME for the Maryland government to step in and just say NO!
Unemployment numbers are sky-rocketing, fore-closures are at an all time high and climbing! The public can no longer continue to make BGE richer! I'm all for free enterprise, but lately there is nothing free about it! It's become rape enterprise. Rape and pillage everyone's pocket while companies get richer, buy their huge homes and big boats and then when the trough dries up, take bail out money from the government. I'd say more, but I'm too ticked off to continue.

Middle River, MD

#48 Mar 9, 2009
Tom Jackson wrote:
You want to stimulate the Maryland economy immediately without any damage to the value of a dollar? Then the citizens and government must take over BGE and run it as a municipal corporation, first rolling back all the rates to 2006 levels, then eliminating the fraudulent "delivery/distribution " charge which is absolutely an absurd and artificial "line charge" having no basis in actual cost or value. Then, reduce the "meter-reading" fee from its current monthly charge of $25 down to $2, which is exactly what utilities in South Carolina charge.
The state of Maryland should buy a controlling interest in BGE. It's current market value is 3.15 billion. The state already lost an opportunity last fall to use the rebate money to buy it. Now that BGE is even cheaper, the state (or the ratepayers of Central Maryland) should buy it or we could simply ask law-maker to reregulate it. If not, the state could authorize the construction of new state-owned plants or it could simply enter the energy market. Whatever the case, the current situation is intolerable and market competition in this economy won't materialize.
larry g

Gwynn Oak, MD

#49 Mar 9, 2009
RevGlenn wrote:
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
all of that besides Miller is besides the point
Miller gave BGE 648 million for stranded costs (
for equipment ) then let them keep the equipment so he just gave them 648 miilion and told other companies to compete against that

Manchester, MD

#50 May 23, 2010
You have a choice! You can get green energy and show BGE who's boss!

Glen Burnie, MD

#52 Jul 31, 2010
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Clayton, DE

#53 Oct 6, 2010
Move back here and out of will not have to tixe us more.

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