Progress Energy customers, brace your...

Progress Energy customers, brace yourself -- Meteorological Dis...

There are 11 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 2, 2008, titled Progress Energy customers, brace yourself -- Meteorological Dis.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Progress Energy Florida, the primary power provider in Central Florida, is seeking to increase your monthly bill by about 8 percent because its fuel costs have been far higher than projected.

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just the Facts

Anderson, SC

#1 Jun 2, 2008
As a former Orlando resident I know first hand how Florida residents have been getting ripped off by the electric companies. Paying a "Fuel Adjustment" charge is robbery. It's been that way since the '70's. I live in a 5 bedroom, 2 story house and my bill was $65 last month. That same bill in Orlando would have been $200.
Alan

Denver, CO

#2 Jun 2, 2008
And so it starts. The "Green" movement is a plan to increase energy costs to consumers and will affect everyone in the near future. By the time we realize what is happening corporate america will have increased the cost of living and transportation tenfold.
Yea right

Apopka, FL

#3 Jun 2, 2008
"Besides paying for more expensive fuel, Progress Energy customers could soon be writing bigger checks to the utility to build nuclear reactors, add cleaner technology to its coal plants and other improvements."
More money for Nuclear plants Is fine,but more money for cleaner burning coal is bullcrap.I am going to start hunting down you bleeding heart hippies and mount you on my mantel or have you stuffed.
Yea right

Apopka, FL

#4 Jun 2, 2008
just the Facts wrote:
As a former Orlando resident I know first hand how Florida residents have been getting ripped off by the electric companies. Paying a "Fuel Adjustment" charge is robbery. It's been that way since the '70's. I live in a 5 bedroom, 2 story house and my bill was $65 last month. That same bill in Orlando would have been $200.

$65 dollars?I would kill for a 65 dollars electric bill.I think I had one of those around 30 years ago.LOL
How do you do it?
Disgusted

AOL

#5 Jun 2, 2008
Why are we so surprised that yet again the Public Service Commission forces the ratepayer to subsidize a multi-billion dollar business? Why in the world do ratepayers subsidize an investor owned utility? What other for-profit private business is subsidized by their users? Why in the world do we stand for this? They already collect ECCR funds on a monthly basis from our bills, isn't this enough? They have a "surplus" of this money when not used. That money is spent buying ads to pat themselves on their backs to tell us how GREAT they are, when in fact we have no choice of which utility company we can use. Perhaps the Pubbli Service Commissioners should look past the high-priced attorneys that the utilities pay, as well as their slanted - biased staff when raterpayer complain about the way the ECCR moeny is spent. No, they couldn't do that because they may see their "future jobs" in jeopardy. So, who does the little person see the straighten out this beauracratic mess?
Paquita La del Barrio

Orlando, FL

#6 Jun 2, 2008
It seems it started already in my house. My current bill is $265.00 when I was used to pay $180.00 at the most. My house is 3/2.5.
I think I'm moving to Colorado too!!
Redogg

Orlando, FL

#7 Jun 2, 2008
Make sure that you write Charlie Crist and thank him we you get that first increase in your electric bill.
Leximou

United States

#8 Jun 2, 2008
Disgusted wrote:
So, who does the little person see the straighten out this beauracratic mess?
Sadly, there really is no one to be trusted on our side here - for to insist that rates remain reasonable, would lower the bill- and when that happened, all the 'hidden' taxes that each and every entity, starting with the city going all the up to the state and then Feds, have their grubby little hands out collecting would be cut.
I wonder, if all of unincorporated Orange County refused to pay their electric bill for one month, would Progress Energy cut us all off? Am so sick of this ongoing rip-off.
emmeyc

West Monroe, LA

#9 Jun 2, 2008
some of the exec's perks are being stopped ...good. Whenever something like this happens w/gas or electric companies increasing our fees I think the CEO's ought to take a perk cut to even somethings out.
Neha Saraf

Ocoee, FL

#11 Jun 13, 2008
no
Susan McClelland

Homeland, FL

#12 Jul 23, 2008
Disgusted wrote:
Why are we so surprised that yet again the Public Service Commission forces the ratepayer to subsidize a multi-billion dollar business? Why in the world do ratepayers subsidize an investor owned utility? What other for-profit private business is subsidized by their users? Why in the world do we stand for this? They already collect ECCR funds on a monthly basis from our bills, isn't this enough? They have a "surplus" of this money when not used. That money is spent buying ads to pat themselves on their backs to tell us how GREAT they are, when in fact we have no choice of which utility company we can use. Perhaps the Pubbli Service Commissioners should look past the high-priced attorneys that the utilities pay, as well as their slanted - biased staff when raterpayer complain about the way the ECCR moeny is spent. No, they couldn't do that because they may see their "future jobs" in jeopardy. So, who does the little person see the straighten out this beauracratic mess?
As I see it, until we get either Ralph Nader, or another candidate like him (who accepts NO corporate contributions, nothing's going to change. Big Business has had us by the privates, & wont let go until they're no longer able to "buy" the White House. Nader's SHOWN his ability to go up against huge corp. lawyers, & WIN, time after time, in the interest of the public. Industry naturally spreads negative propaganda against him, & keep him off mainstream media. Read one of his books; you'll be convinced that he CAN help our "helpless" looking current situation. Then go to votenader.org & help to get him elected!

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