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....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.
Full story: Baltimore Sun
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)."
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
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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