PPL expects massive rate hikes

Full story: Lebanon Daily News

Residential customers of PPL Electric Utilities will see their rates increase about 29.7 percent next year, the Allentown-based company has announced.

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Publius Novus

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#41
Jan 27, 2010
 
All privately owned public utilities are greedy bastards. Welcome to the wonderful Republican world of "free enterprise" and the unregulated market economy. Now the public utilities can use their obscene profits to buy more politicians.

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Since: Nov 07

East Vincent, PA

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#42
Jan 27, 2010
 
Solarman wrote:
<quoted text>No solar works well anywhere it is installed, New York is a little bit north of you there and they install quite a bit. By the way nummy, my mom's been dead for 15 years. Are you saying in front of the World you like dead things? No wonder your so stupid!
So solar works as well in NYC as it does in the desert regions of Nevada? Wow.. who'da thunk it?

Thank you for edumacating my with your lack of silly science. Science is for idiuts...

Again, to reiterate my initial point, a solar field in Nevada or Texas is more likely to produce enough electricity to sell back (you know, being that those areas tend to be sunnier and have higher UV indexes on average, it takes less solar panels to create enough electricity). To create a large enough grid in the northern states to sell back the produced electricity IS NOT cost-feasible. Most people DO NOT have big enough roofs or yards. The only groups you see doing it up here are the big corporations in skyscrapers that have large amounts of roof to put the panels on (not to mention, nothing to block any direct sunlight). And even THEY can't produce enough electricity to meet their own demands and sell back to the power company. The most a typical homeowner can do up here is hope to cut their electric bill in half with the amount of space they have to put solar panels in. Assuming, of course, there are no trees in their yard big enough to block direct sunlight.

And I'm sorry, but I'm not going to spend $40k+ to only cut my electric bill in half. It is not cost feasible at this point. Not for the typical homeowner.

Now you, being a snake oil salesman preying on gullible, ill-informed people - you might be able to afford it.
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La Quinta, CA

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#43
Jan 27, 2010
 
Mandapants wrote:
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So solar works as well in NYC as it does in the desert regions of Nevada? Wow.. who'da thunk it?
Thank you for edumacating my with your lack of silly science. Science is for idiuts...
Again, to reiterate my initial point, a solar field in Nevada or Texas is more likely to produce enough electricity to sell back (you know, being that those areas tend to be sunnier and have higher UV indexes on average, it takes less solar panels to create enough electricity). To create a large enough grid in the northern states to sell back the produced electricity IS NOT cost-feasible. Most people DO NOT have big enough roofs or yards. The only groups you see doing it up here are the big corporations in skyscrapers that have large amounts of roof to put the panels on (not to mention, nothing to block any direct sunlight). And even THEY can't produce enough electricity to meet their own demands and sell back to the power company. The most a typical homeowner can do up here is hope to cut their electric bill in half with the amount of space they have to put solar panels in. Assuming, of course, there are no trees in their yard big enough to block direct sunlight.
And I'm sorry, but I'm not going to spend $40k+ to only cut my electric bill in half. It is not cost feasible at this point. Not for the typical homeowner.
Now you, being a snake oil salesman preying on gullible, ill-informed people - you might be able to afford it.
Is your life one big excuse of what you can't do? What's not feasible? How would you know? Have you done an energy audit and found where your money is best spent? With the federal tax incentive of 30% and rebates from the state for installed solar 40K would get you about a 7.5KW peak system,during the winter time it would put out less than summer, over the year it would do more than provide half of a well insulated homes energy needs. Even in your neck of the woods, you could expect around 5000 to 6000KWh of generation a year.

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East Vincent, PA

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#44
Jan 28, 2010
 
Dude, I've done my homework. Solar is not a viable source of electricity up here. Not for the price. Again, it's more worthwhile in southern states, because of the higher amounts of sunny days, etc. Arizona averages almost seven hours of peak sunlight a day. Up here, we're lucky if we get four. Due to that simple fact alone, someone in the south may see their investment come to fruition and may even be able to buy a system that puts out enough to sell back. It's not a logical thing to do up here. Come back in a couple of years when it gets cheaper (and it will - then all the people that just spent $40k+ will be kicking their own asses for not waiting), and THEN try to sell it to me. Until then, keep preying on the uneducated.

Thanks to changing all of my appliances to energy star rated ones, changing out my water heater to a tankless model, getting rid of tube TVs and monitors and switching to smaller LCD all around, changed out all of our lightbulbs to tacky-assed CFLs, we've already cut our electric bill by a third. I'm happy with that.

For the cost and for the amount of space it takes up, it is NOT a worthwhile investment in this neck of the woods.
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Williamsport, PA

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#45
Jan 28, 2010
 
Wind generation here would make more financial sense. The most costly part of it are the battery stations used for storage.
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#46
Jan 30, 2010
 
Mabye if people would learn to turn some of their lights off and unplug some of the stuff that is not being used - they wouldn't have to cry about their electric bill. Did you ever drive anywhere at night and see how lit up each and every home is. Why the heck do you need three outside spot lights lit up - are you that paranoid? Why is their a light on in every room - do that many people live in your home? People should learn that they don't need each and every light and tv on in their home.
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Sicklerville, NJ

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Feb 7, 2010
 
purchsr wrote:
I can't find any blogs (may not be searching correctly) from posters regarding their NEW PPL bills they have received since the rate cap expiration?......... The consumer is suffering here and I can't find any press to see what Govt is doing. The touted 30% rate increase is a HOAX we are seeing much higher than that. What are folks' thoughts?
I got my dec/jan bill. Only the usage after 12/31/2009 is at the higher rate. My bill was higher, of course. But the "transition" charge is supposed to be going away, supposedly. Waiting for my jan/feb bill which will be all in the new ripoff format. I agree there is sparse press paid to this.

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