Trickle down of electric rates; Our power over energy; Perry didn't get it
#1 Jan 22, 2012
After 200 Austin Energy implemented the level system for rates, in effect a rate increase. Less than 500 kilowatts were charged a certain amount. From 500 to 1,000 a higher rate, and from 1,000 up a much higher. Something to that effect. AE admits that the average home in Austin uses 1,000 kilowatts a month so the 500 level is a joke.
They installed the Smart meters a couple years ago and want to charge by not just how much electricity you use but also when you use it. Run you dryer at 6am is going to be cheaper that at 6pm, when it will be much more expensive.
The smart meters allow the utility to know exactly when any power is in use and can even tell if a lightswitch is turned on versus a television, or the air conditioning by the power consumption.
The meters transit the data by wireless 24/7 and the health effects of that is topic for a whole other debate.
Austin Energy/City of Austin lies when they say they have had no rate increase in 20 years because the tiered system is a rate increase as they knew most homes or even apartments would not meet the 500 or less level.
The plan put out by the city is nothing more than a tax because it is afraid of actually raising taxes, same as with the water rate increases.
I was born in Austin in 1962 and raised here and in the past 20 years, certainly the last 10 the city has gone to the toilet with its politricksters.
#2 Feb 3, 2012
Wait until the city starts charging for the time of day you use electricity, people will hit the roof then. Since majority of their customers now have the smart meters that transmit information in real time via wireless the utility knows exactly when and how much electricity is being used. The information is so detailed the utility can tell if a lightswithc is turned on, dishawasher running, garage door opener in use, and so on. Rather a scary privacy issue not to mention the health risks of having a constant wireless transmission that is unshielded.
There is a plan for time of use billing. Say you use your air conditioner at 4pm in the middle of July when it is 110 outside. You would pay triple or more for that but if it runs for the same amount of time at 8am it is cheaper.
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