States need 'aggressive' energy efficiency rules
Electricity rates in the Tennessee Valley will rise in May for the third consecutive month.
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#1 Apr 13, 2010
TVA has begun to be a joke. One need only check the energy star type rebates by state to verify. What does TN offer? Little more than air conditioner rebates - other states allow washers/dryers, freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers, including a host of solar rates - a very wide range.
TVA has little competition at this point, with the local gas company wanting to set a minimum bill and increase rates.
TVA isn't going to shoot themselves in the foot by helping. If they wanted to help, they would encourage solar panels and geothermal... not happening.
Frankly, I'm sick of the whole mess in Chattanooga. I live below the poverty line, yet red tape and racial bias make it almost impossible to get any help. Couple years ago, when my power was turned off for several days, I was referred by the state to go to the city office (near interstate, close to old Zayres building) for help. Got there about 9 am and signed in. Watched black person after another go in ahead of me. Lunch time came... receptionist told me I'd have to wait until afterward. I continued to wait my turn. When closing time came, I was told I would have to come back tomorrow. I went back to the state building on MLK and told them what had happened. A supervisor made a call to the city building and told me to go back immediately. I put up with listening to some insulting remarks from them, but eventually they put up part of what I needed to get my lights back on. I still had to ask for help from a local misson.
For those who wonder, getting my lights turned off isn't a regular thing - I'm almost 50 now and this was the first time... my husband had passed the previous year.
I voted for Obama and am beginning to wonder why. Not a single thing he has done has helped me. I thought, perhaps the insulation credit would... NOPE. After scrapping to put 8 rolls of insulation in the attic, hopeing I would get 20% back, guess what... I don't make enough to get back a thin dime.
Ditto for every other sort of deal - its middle class or too bad. Until my hub passed, I qualified. Until then, I guess I will just continue to pluck my veggies out of the dumpster.
And TVA - oh yes, please raise my rates again. Especially since if I try to live in my house with my lights off, you'll get it condemned.
Getting to absolutely HATE this town.
#2 Apr 13, 2010
If someone catches the typo, "until then" being until I can afford to shop in the grocery stores like an employed person, again... a part time job doesn't cut it.
And while I'm on my rant, a memo to the morons at the food stamp office...
There are those such as myself who try to make a bit with a small business. Is it IMPOSSIBLE for you to understand, the money that comes in has expenses attached? It is NOT pure profit. In my case, there is the actual cost of the item, internet (without which, I could not sell), postage and shipping supplies. Never mind deductions a regular business might choose to take, like the site (in my case: storage and clutter), power, water, etc... labor is a downright joke.
From all my extra activities, I cleared an extra $1,000 for the year. Then, because my tax return is so complicated (because of these activies), HR Block hits me for almost $400... leaving a profit of $600.
And when its all said and done, I gotta virtually beg to get $50 -$100 a month in food stamps, when my tax return clearly states I had a net of $6K for the year. I'm stressed enough - do you really think I should jump hoops for that?
LOL, and they're going to raise the light bill, again. TVA peeps, how can you look at yourself in the mirror or sleep at night.
#3 Apr 13, 2010
AND FYI, I'm not in Chicago - its just what my service defaults to. I'm right here in the land of the shootings at Coolidge Park and Noah Reid road closing... the last of which, I'm sure VW could afford to avoid, if it chose.
Shame on VW for ruining the property values of its neighbors and putting them on a dead end... not to mention, the rest of the community which uses that road.
One would think, after all the taxes Chattanooga and Hamilton county waived, VW might be able to swing putting in a bridge. Guess ya'll just didn't make enough to have any say-so about it, huh.
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