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Wong proposes replacing Unitil as Fitchburg's electricity supplier - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 31 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 11, 2011, titled Wong proposes replacing Unitil as Fitchburg's electricity supplier - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Mayor Lisa Wong is proposing to replace Unitil Inc. as the city's electricity supplier in a bid to help residents and businesses get a break on their electricity bills.

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Notsofast

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Jan 11, 2011
Look at your bill. Distribution charges are unregulated and they are higher than your actual electrical usage. Of course Unitil supports this.

Smoke and mirrors. For every penny you save through aggregation Unitil will raise the unregulated charges a dollar.

This is Wong's way around what Lunenburg is doing. And the erroneous headline "replacing Unitil" is exactly what she's counting on.

Your bill will still come from Unitil because they're the distributors for FG&E.

Honestly, this woman does indeed believe there's a sucker born every minute and they all live in Fitchburg.

This is the beginning of her reelection campaign. Fool me once shame on you ...
Unitil

AOL

#2 Jan 11, 2011
Bend over, the w****s still will be the distributors.
Jus Askin

Southbridge, MA

#3 Jan 11, 2011
Notsofast wrote:
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Honestly, this woman does indeed believe there's a sucker born every minute and they all live in Fitchburg.
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What, then, do you propose is in it for her?
Local Resident

Westborough, MA

#4 Jan 11, 2011
As a resident of Fitchburg, I find the cost of living is out of control. First and fore most.. Unitil and their rates are gouging homeowners and businesses in the area. The affordable home prices are attractive, but utility bills and taxes are killing home and business owners. Not to mention oil has hovered around $3.00 a gallon all season. It is now wonder the average person is not doing well.

Avg monthly electric bill -$200
Taxes 2010 -$4350
Heating oil (est. winter consumption - 2.5 tanks $3.00 / gal )-$2000
Alcibiades

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Jan 11, 2011
Best thing she'll ever do! I'm a right leaning voter but I'd seriously consider giving her my vote if she can pull this off.
jam

Leominster, MA

#6 Jan 11, 2011
Well maybe this is a small step in moving away from UNITIL, the next step will be approving legislation for MUNI choice. Even if the consumer saves a little every month, it's that much less to UNITIL until we can disassosiate with them completely. And yes, they will still gauge us on the distribution rate until we can bid them ADIEU.
"We aren't going to take it anymore."
It's that simple.
F-Town

New York, NY

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Alcibiades wrote:
Best thing she'll ever do! I'm a right leaning voter but I'd seriously consider giving her my vote if she can pull this off.
Agreed! I hate the fact that the street lights are off and 99% of the rest of Mayor Wong's agenda but this is excellent news. I have never voted for her but if this is viable and gains traction I am all in!
Tom D

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jan 11, 2011
DiNatale and the rest of the hacks before him
have been taking Unitil bribes for years,
why do you think Unitil is still here ?
They've been ripping us off for years,
the ONLY one that has really tried to change thing
is Cathy Clark from Lunenburg
Where have DiNatale, Flanagan and every elected
official from Fitchburg beeen for the past 20 years.

In the bag that's where, their dribble is
worhtless, it is time fo rthem to get of Unitil
once and for all.
CONCERNED RESIDENT

AOL

#9 Jan 11, 2011
Tom D - where have u been DiNatale has been there for Cathy Clark !!!! unfortunely he and she are only one but two together ! And Tom are u there every time Cathy needs the people or residents !?
Jimmy G

Dracut, MA

#10 Jan 11, 2011
Recently, I looked at Unitil's prices for supply with Energy Broker. They are not that uncompetitive as one might think.

Distribution is the problem.
Not my bills

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Jan 11, 2011
Local Resident wrote:
Avg monthly electric bill -$200
Taxes 2010 -$4350
Heating oil (est. winter consumption - 2.5 tanks $3.00 / gal )-$2000
Our Average Monthly elecric bill =$55.00
Our Taxes =$2300.00
Our heating bill = approx $1500/yr, including wood for fireplace.

Need we remind you that you are paying for what you consume in these instances? High electric bill means high electric usage. High taxes means large house/property. High heating oil bill means (taking into consideration per gallon costs) higher usage...
J_in_Ward_1

South Lancaster, MA

#12 Jan 11, 2011
This will give the city good experience negotiating for supply contracts - which it will need when the muni bill passes if the city chooses to set up its own utility. This will reduce Unitil's revenues (although not its profits). This will get rid of the monopoly we currently have on the supply side and by introducing competition lead to better rates. It doesn't lead to offsetting increases on the distribution side or other towns wouldn't be doing it. Next up: competition on the distribution side (muni bill) and then on to challenging Unitil's monopoly on natural gas.
uht

Belmont, MA

#13 Jan 11, 2011
a good idea is to do like shirley did downtown..put the power lines underground that will not be owned by unitil..start doing the whole town like that with money made from city land..i notice that mayor wongs land deals are stupid..she sell`s land for way below its value..tha needs to end so you guys cn fund a new unitil free infrastructure
let there be change

Northampton, MA

#14 Jan 11, 2011
Jus Askin wrote:
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What, then, do you propose is in it for her?
how about the WONG electric company, holllly crap ill save 5 to 6 dollars a month, were do i sign, were not all on drugs u know. dont change the supplier ,change the name of the same old supplier,well i guess this is change (bullllshittt)
FYI

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Jan 12, 2011
Definitely a move in the right direction.

My average electric bill -$100
My taxes $3400
Oil (entire year)$2000

Not killing me, some people live beyond their means. Some don't.

Our electic IS underground. All new home construction in Fitchburg is underground electric. UHT, what are you talking about, stupid land deals? Have you noticed the recession and the real estate market has been in the DUMP for the past three years?

Let there be change, I bet if your taxes went up $6 a month, you'd be bi.tching about that, wouldn't you? No, we are not all on drugs, but judging from your writing skills, I'd be willing to bet you are.

I see the peanut gallery is alive and well. Some of these comments are pathetic. Grow up people.
The Voices In Your Head

Boston, MA

#16 Jan 12, 2011
FYI wrote:
Definitely a move in the right direction.
My average electric bill -$100
My taxes $3400
Oil (entire year)$2000
Not killing me, some people live beyond their means. Some don't.
Our electic IS underground. All new home construction in Fitchburg is underground electric. UHT, what are you talking about, stupid land deals? Have you noticed the recession and the real estate market has been in the DUMP for the past three years?
Let there be change, I bet if your taxes went up $6 a month, you'd be bi.tching about that, wouldn't you? No, we are not all on drugs, but judging from your writing skills, I'd be willing to bet you are.
I see the peanut gallery is alive and well. Some of these comments are pathetic. Grow up people.
It DOES sound good, but your bill won't change much at all. 5 dollars a month? woo hooo! Realize that you will still have to pay Unitil's high supplier rates, and ALL the fees you already pay!:) They are not replacing unitil, only trying to get the public thinking that they are - while keeping Unitil happy too!!!. Remember, Unitil makes most of its money as a supplier.
Gene Yus

Concord, MA

#17 Jan 12, 2011
My power has not gone out for 33 consecutive days...why mess with a good thing?
Lynch for Mayor

South Lancaster, MA

#18 Jan 12, 2011
My electric bill is $175 a month and my gas usage is $350 a month. I would really like to see the bill of the person who pays $55 a month?

We need to look into the cost of generation! Unitil is allowed to run as a monopoly as they should be the lowest rates. They do not take care of their poles as many are leaning and waiting to snap this winter! I never see work crews in Fitchburg!

Why are we paying so much for generating this power? Why is it that the most this switch will save is $5 a month? I say any cost savings is beneficial but can't we do better than this?

As I have heard businesses are paying extremely high rates! About time that this Mayor paid some attention to the cost to the residents and business owners!

We have all been last on her list but I guess representation at the last minute is better than none at all! Maybe if the election gets close she will cut rates on all city services, turn on all the lights and promote jobs for our record number of unemployed here in Fitchburg!

Vote, Lynch for Mayor and as a resident and/or a business owner you will not have to wait till last to be noticed!
Local Resident

Gardner, MA

#19 Jan 12, 2011
Not my bills wrote:
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Our Average Monthly elecric bill =$55.00
Our Taxes =$2300.00
Our heating bill = approx $1500/yr, including wood for fireplace.
Need we remind you that you are paying for what you consume in these instances? High electric bill means high electric usage. High taxes means large house/property. High heating oil bill means (taking into consideration per gallon costs) higher usage...
Unfortunately we have electric hot water, Gas is not available on our street. I have looked into solar ($24k for the system minus any Srec credits) Our thermostat is zoned , downstairs we keep 58 degrees while at work and 66 when home, upstairs turn the heat to 64 degrees at night.

Same size house in other communities is far less to operate and run. Your house / property may not be as large, and you may have a more efficient system. My point was and most would agree it is less expensive to live elsewhere.
infornation

AOL

#20 Jan 12, 2011
I hope she is able to do something, this is one of the biggest proble fitshburg has, what company is going to come there with that cost

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