A chance to create a new public utility

A chance to create a new public utility

There are 24 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 22, 2008, titled A chance to create a new public utility. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

If Gov. Martin O'Malley really wanted to stand up for the consumers of Maryland, he would have the vision to see the pending sale of Constellation Energy Group for what it is - a perfect opportunity to create a ...

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Joliet, IL

#21 Sep 24, 2008
Yu Gotabe Jo King wrote:
Really? The current average cost per kilowatt hour produced at American nuclear plants is 1.7 cents and coal-fired is 1.8 cents. Oil and gas average 6.0 cents per kilowatt hour. So, why are BGE consumers currently paying nearly 12 cents per kilowatt at the deregulated "market rate". Before deregulation we used to pay about 7 cents per kilowatt. Could someone explain this? Could you explain why "red" states that have state-regulated, state-owned, and municipal utilities (Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, Nebraska, etc.) have lower utility rates (5 to 7 cents per kilowatt) than those operating as deregulated free market interstate monopolies(California, New York, Florida) which charge between 8 and 14 cents per kilowatt? Please explain.
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You are paying the cost for transmission. If your house was connected directly to these plants, your argument would be legit. The problem is that Maryland does not have enough capacity, therefore are forced into paying to have the transmission from other places around the U.S. Same for Cali, NY, etc.....nobody lives in Montana, Dakotas....
Yu Gotabe Jo King

United States

#22 Sep 24, 2008
WRONG. Try again.

"Long-distance transmission of electricity (thousands of miles) is cheap and efficient, with costs of US$ 0.005 to 0.02 per kilowatt-hour (compared to annual averaged large producer costs of US$ 0.01 to US$ 0.025 per kilowatt-hour, retail rates upwards of US$ 0.10 per kilowatt-hour, and multiples of retail for instantaneous suppliers at unpredicted highest demand moments)."

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Yu Gotabe Jo King

United States

#23 Sep 24, 2008
Cost of transmission per kilowatt. Source:http://www.geni.org/glo balenergy/library/technical-ar ticles/transmission/cigre/pres ent-limits-of-very-long-distan ce-transmission-systems/index. shtml
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#24 Sep 24, 2008
Yu Gotabe Jo King wrote:
WRONG. Try again.
"Long-distance transmission of electricity (thousands of miles) is cheap and efficient, with costs of US$ 0.005 to 0.02 per kilowatt-hour (compared to annual averaged large producer costs of US$ 0.01 to US$ 0.025 per kilowatt-hour, retail rates upwards of US$ 0.10 per kilowatt-hour, and multiples of retail for instantaneous suppliers at unpredicted highest demand moments)."
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They haven't built enough transmission lines into this state to keep up with demand. Every summer they have to limit the two lines from the West during peak demand periods to prevent them from becoming overloaded. Cheap tranmission does you no good if you don't have the capability.

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