Electric bill may give you a jolt

Electric bill may give you a jolt

There are 134 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 14, 2008, titled Electric bill may give you a jolt. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Leaving the lights on is about to get a lot more expensive for more than 600,000 Central Florida households and businesses.

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Chris

Orlando, FL

#126 Dec 17, 2008
doug wrote:
well just got the latest bill used 952kw bill was still 124$ progress **** they are the most expensive provider in our area and give the least amount of service. Winter Park made the right choice when they gave them the pink slip i wish Apopka where i live would do the same.
0.13 a kwh??? Wow that is high. OUC is just under 0.1 for the first 1000 kwh.
Chris

Orlando, FL

#127 Dec 17, 2008
doug wrote:
<quoted text>there is also a rebate from the state you can take to help pay for the solar panels and equipment for it with rates going up a;; the time its only a matter of time till it makes sense to get solar.
Yep, but it's worth noting that the rebate fund is about out of money, if not totally out.

So while I'm sure you'll get your money, it may take a little while.

Also of course the feds give a tax credit for it also.
doug

Apopka, FL

#128 Dec 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>Yep, but it's worth noting that the rebate fund is about out of money, if not totally out.
So while I'm sure you'll get your money, it may take a little while.
Also of course the feds give a tax credit for it also.
yeah i know it need to be funded in the end it will make us more energy independant maybe our new prez will see the light and fully fund the program.
doug

Apopka, FL

#129 Dec 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>0.13 a kwh??? Wow that is high. OUC is just under 0.1 for the first 1000 kwh.
thats progress i have done everything short of turning off the water heater replaced old refrig and ac units to highest eer i could get from window units progress is a bunch of crooks.
Glen

Orlando, FL

#130 Dec 17, 2008
The effect of green energy will be the same as what is happening now because of the foreclosures.

We will use less energy. Just like we did last year. However, OUC asked for increases anyway. Partially due to a 25% increase in administrative costs. In 2006 and 2007 their actual fuel costs went down by 7% and they raised rates more than 15%.

When we use less energy, they need to raise prices to maintain shareholder value. Don't they still tell us that if we use less they can charge less?

It's called capitalism and it is a lose/lose for users. We used to own these generation facilities and the only profit went into building new facilities. Now, we have private companies that supposedly do better than the government ever could. They have yet to meet that goal.
doug

Apopka, FL

#131 Dec 17, 2008
Glen wrote:
The effect of green energy will be the same as what is happening now because of the foreclosures.
We will use less energy. Just like we did last year. However, OUC asked for increases anyway. Partially due to a 25% increase in administrative costs. In 2006 and 2007 their actual fuel costs went down by 7% and they raised rates more than 15%.
When we use less energy, they need to raise prices to maintain shareholder value. Don't they still tell us that if we use less they can charge less?
It's called capitalism and it is a lose/lose for users. We used to own these generation facilities and the only profit went into building new facilities. Now, we have private companies that supposedly do better than the government ever could. They have yet to meet that goal.
i think Winter Park went back to owning there electric company wish Apopka did to better service lower price some things dont make sense to privatize.
Elsie

Houston, TX

#132 Dec 17, 2008
They already shut my friends off for being behind. Thought you couldn't do that with an infant or disabled person in the home! 25% increase will be too much for a lot of people. Is it better to get a little or nothing! What happens to these poor hardworking people sitting around in the dark?
doug

Apopka, FL

#133 Dec 18, 2008
Elsie wrote:
They already shut my friends off for being behind. Thought you couldn't do that with an infant or disabled person in the home! 25% increase will be too much for a lot of people. Is it better to get a little or nothing! What happens to these poor hardworking people sitting around in the dark?
i dont know about Texas but in Florida there are few if any protections seen them turmn off power to elderly on oxygen machine they dont care.
GGGTHREE

Winter Springs, FL

#134 Dec 18, 2008
Elsie wrote:
They already shut my friends off for being behind. Thought you couldn't do that with an infant or disabled person in the home! 25% increase will be too much for a lot of people. Is it better to get a little or nothing! What happens to these poor hardworking people sitting around in the dark?
Elsie, you asked the question..."What happens to these poor hardworking people sitting around in the dark?"
Hopefully they will get out and vote next time for someone that understands that this type of increase is not necessary to generate our power requirements.
Glen

Orlando, FL

#135 Dec 19, 2008
Capitalists have a law: If you don't grow, you die.

When we allow basic needs and services that we all need just to survive to become private industries for huge profit, you get what we have now.

When you run them as citizen owned, all profits are return to r&d and payroll, not executives and bankers.
Janice

Orlando, FL

#136 Jan 24, 2009
Unbelievable, I just found out about this and my bill is already $285 a month. Found this site http://www.progress-solar.com and I'm getting one next week. Screw the electric company it's getting ridiculous
GreGG

Titusville, FL

#137 Jan 24, 2009
We are being buggered by Progress Energy, and it is with the aid of our legislators who, while sitting on their collective arses, stand upon our hands preventing us from taking appropriate actions to save ourselves.
We have no competition for our business.
Solarman

Cathedral City, CA

#138 Jan 24, 2009
Glen wrote:
Capitalists have a law: If you don't grow, you die.
When we allow basic needs and services that we all need just to survive to become private industries for huge profit, you get what we have now.
When you run them as citizen owned, all profits are return to r&d and payroll, not executives and bankers.
If you install your own solar PV or hot water system, aren't you a private owner, generator? So would the codicile be, if you do it right, Capitalism is good, if you do it wrong, you get screwed.
ocala2010

Saint Cloud, FL

#139 Aug 17, 2010
Ocala Electric is a scam! The bills here are unheard of! My bill this month was $400 and I live in a 1200sf home in the county.I haven't used my dryer or dishwasher. I turn off my water heater everyday. I have my A/C on 85. My home is well insulated. I have newer windows. The tv is only on about 4 hours a day. I know when it comes time to shutoff the A/C, Ocala electric is going to jack up the rates. Are their any laws in Ocala to protect working families? What kills me even more is if your 25 cents short they will come right out and shut you off! The quality of life here sucks! I am sick and tired of worrying about how high my bill is going to be. Is there anything we can do?

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