Pennsylvania approves PPL rate hike p...

Pennsylvania approves PPL rate hike payment plan

There are 55 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 24, 2009, titled Pennsylvania approves PPL rate hike payment plan. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

PPL's residential customers will get a chance to delay a small portion of the estimated 30 percent electricity rate hike the company is expected to impose in January, when 11-year-old caps expire.

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Poor PPL

Allentown, PA

#1 Jul 24, 2009
Looks like its gonna be cheaper to run my generator out back then to stay hooked up to these guys! Most of us cant afford to pay the bill now and they are going to jack up the rates? Brilliant!!
Gerri

Allentown, PA

#2 Jul 24, 2009
Poor PPL wrote:
Looks like its gonna be cheaper to run my generator out back then to stay hooked up to these guys! Most of us cant afford to pay the bill now and they are going to jack up the rates? Brilliant!!
It's the American Way...bleed the citizens even though you are still making a profit. I truly fee sorry for those whose energy bills will impact in a very hard way, upon their daily living.
Aint it the truth

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Jul 24, 2009
Poor PPL wrote:
Looks like its gonna be cheaper to run my generator out back then to stay hooked up to these guys! Most of us cant afford to pay the bill now and they are going to jack up the rates? Brilliant!!
Ain't it the truth?!

Try being on their "payment plan" which makes no sense whatsoever to anyone but PPL.

You gotta love it, they'll shut you off for missing one payment, when you owe less than $200 in total. But they'll keep pumping out juice to businesses which are months and tens of thousands behind.
PPL Grred

Highland, NY

#4 Jul 24, 2009
All your representatives have sold you out to the greed of PPL, guess what, hardly any other state except those controlled by PPl are raising their rates this high, PPL will drive every business out of PA just to satisfy their CEO's short term greed.
idlemyndz

Allentown, PA

#5 Jul 24, 2009
PPL Grred wrote:
All your representatives have sold you out to the greed of PPL, guess what, hardly any other state except those controlled by PPl are raising their rates this high, PPL will drive every business out of PA just to satisfy their CEO's short term greed.
Umm, no! Pike County's rates already came off @ 70% increase. PECO's rate cap comes off in 2011. Get your facts straight. Your rates have been frozen for the last 9.5 years while other states had small increases over that time. Though, yes you can thank our representatives for the rate cap in the first place...
Aint it the truth

Schaumburg, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2009
idlemyndz wrote:
<quoted text>Umm, no! Pike County's rates already came off @ 70% increase. PECO's rate cap comes off in 2011. Get your facts straight. Your rates have been frozen for the last 9.5 years while other states had small increases over that time. Though, yes you can thank our representatives for the rate cap in the first place...
So Pike's is at 70%?! That's steep.

Don't worry, with the cap coming off, this area will see the same rate within the next year or two.
Aint it the truth

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Jul 24, 2009
Oh and one other thing.

Since PECO's had the strongest lobby for across the board rate increases among their various utilities, you can bet they'll be reaping the benefits of it once their cap comes off.

My bet is they'll break the top increases in the state, in a blink.

Look out, PECO customers, it'll soon be your turn to bend over and take it where the sun never shines too.
minesweep

Northampton, PA

#8 Jul 24, 2009
idlemyndz wrote:
<quoted text>Umm, no! Pike County's rates already came off @ 70% increase. PECO's rate cap comes off in 2011. Get your facts straight. Your rates have been frozen for the last 9.5 years while other states had small increases over that time. Though, yes you can thank our representatives for the rate cap in the first place...
Acutally it was 75%.

"That is, generation costs went up, not down, and in some cases the resulting rate increases were catastrophic, such as the 72% rate increase for customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company in Maryland; the 59% rate increase for customers of Delmarva Power & Light Company in Delaware; and the 75% rate increase for customers of tiny Pike County Light & Power Company in Pennsylvania."

http://www.oca.state.pa.us/Testimony/2009/Ele...
Jen Atillia

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jul 24, 2009
The only thing I can think of is to buy stock in PPL, and use the dividends to pay the electric bill.
America

Allentown, PA

#10 Jul 24, 2009
Had Lisa Boscola and her band of happy legislators in H'burg never put the rate caps in place 11 years ago, we wouldn't have this massive gouge today. I know that everything I buy has gone up significantly over 11 years and especially since this depression. PPL has had to make job cuts and sell assets to make a profit. Does that make sense?
idlemyndz

Allentown, PA

#11 Jul 24, 2009
America wrote:
Had Lisa Boscola and her band of happy legislators in H'burg never put the rate caps in place 11 years ago, we wouldn't have this massive gouge today. I know that everything I buy has gone up significantly over 11 years and especially since this depression. PPL has had to make job cuts and sell assets to make a profit. Does that make sense?
I completely agree with you!
Sober Dude

Allentown, PA

#12 Jul 24, 2009
Gerri wrote:
<quoted text>
It's the American Way...bleed the citizens even though you are still making a profit. I truly fee sorry for those whose energy bills will impact in a very hard way, upon their daily living.
Bleed the citizens... Hardly. Don't be so melodramatic. PPL customers will probably see a 32 percent increase in the generation part of the bill. This means that your total bil will go up by between 25 and 32 percent.

Although that does stink, it is hardly bleeding you dry. If you haven't done so, use their energy analyzer, view your hourly electricty use graphs, sign up for a "time of use" rate, or simply conserve.

Every one of us could, without a lot of effort, cut our electric use and probably mitigate at least half of this proposed increase.

Another thing, did the oil companies come up with plans to help you pay for gas when it ran up 40 percent in about a month with very little warning last summer? I didn't think so. Funny thing is that it had a positive result... SUV sales are down and car companies are taking fuel economy seriously.
what can you say

Slatington, PA

#13 Jul 24, 2009
Yes they are following right up the goverments butt
when will it end
Drew

Macungie, PA

#14 Jul 24, 2009
Screw you PPL!!!!!!!!!!
Common Sense

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Jul 24, 2009
I understand everything said by those defending PPL, and I'm not a "bleeding heart" like some others here that begrudeges a company making a profit, but I don't understand why PPL isn't making a decision to phase the increase in gradually over a period (let's say a year) and why, if they don't want to do that, they are increasing on January 1st, in the middle of winter (they could implement the increase during the spring, when most people's bills are much lower). I can already see the stories on the news forced out of their homes by the higher electicity rates - it will be a PR nightmare for the company, and a feeding frenzy for politicians to "save" the people.

By going the way they are now, PPL all but guarantees "feel good" government involvement in the process, especially in our current bailout environment, with elections coming up. Bottom line - whatever gradual phase-in proposal PPL would come up with is all but guaranteed to be better than what the government comes up with!
Solarman

Cathedral City, CA

#16 Jul 24, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
I understand everything said by those defending PPL, and I'm not a "bleeding heart" like some others here that begrudeges a company making a profit, but I don't understand why PPL isn't making a decision to phase the increase in gradually over a period (let's say a year) and why, if they don't want to do that, they are increasing on January 1st, in the middle of winter (they could implement the increase during the spring, when most people's bills are much lower). I can already see the stories on the news forced out of their homes by the higher electicity rates - it will be a PR nightmare for the company, and a feeding frenzy for politicians to "save" the people.
By going the way they are now, PPL all but guarantees "feel good" government involvement in the process, especially in our current bailout environment, with elections coming up. Bottom line - whatever gradual phase-in proposal PPL would come up with is all but guaranteed to be better than what the government comes up with!
Remember ENRON? They had a great deal to do with the coming rate increases back in 1996 when a rider was put into an innocuous bill called the 'taxicab regulation bill'. This set the stage for deregulation of the power industry. Even though ENROn is a shell of itself, they have already set the stage in Pennsylvania before they did California in 1999-2000. Chec this link for a little more of the battle that's been going on since 1996: www.fumo.com/Press_Releases/ElecRateCaps6-30-...
Rodd

Macungie, PA

#17 Jul 25, 2009
Will PPL behave like Enron and artificially trade up the prices of energy? Will we have rolling blackouts during our off season like California did because of the energy traders at Enron?

What was wrong with our system how it existed being regulated? Were people complaining that they had problems getting power? Was PPL losing money hand over fist? Why did the people's representatives choose to deregulate? What problems were they fixing for us?

California had rolling blackouts in the middle of winter (their lowest usage season). The cost of energy in California increased by orders of magnitude. Why? Because there was no longer anyone looking out for the peoples' interest after the deregulation occurred and Enron was free to do whatever they wanted to.

What we have here is one entity, PPL, that has a monopoly on energy supply with absolutely no oversight.

Bend over people.
Gary

Schnecksville, PA

#18 Jul 25, 2009
Why is the state so desperate to hide this rate hike?
There must be an election coming up.
It wouldn't hurt people to research this and vote the idiots responsible out of office.
Gary

Schnecksville, PA

#19 Jul 25, 2009
America wrote:
Had Lisa Boscola and her band of happy legislators in H'burg never put the rate caps in place 11 years ago, we wouldn't have this massive gouge today. I know that everything I buy has gone up significantly over 11 years and especially since this depression. PPL has had to make job cuts and sell assets to make a profit. Does that make sense?
This is what happens when politicians get involved in business's.
A good example of what will happen with a government run health care system.
Join the Revolution

Nazareth, PA

#20 Jul 25, 2009
So how much is the CEO making?
another reason to go solar, f this BS, and throughout the US its happening, what added value is there?
Electricity is free, you cant charge the system. rivers do not need money, maintianing?? lol, what a joke, just like tool hikes. No wonder people turn ugly.

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