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Power bills rising to pay for energy efficiency programs!
May 24th, 2011 at 5:09pm
This is happening everywhere it seems. What's funny is if you are using solar power to supplement your power, and you did other things to conserve, since the rate increase is tied to your power consumption, the actual increase is much less!

"SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Experts continue to give testimony before a Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner on whether New Mexico's largest electric utility should be granted a rate increase. Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed a rate hike of nearly 11 percent for its 500,000 customers around the state. Critics contend that other fees for energy efficiency programs, renewable energy programs and fuels costs are also slated to go up in the coming years. In combination with a rate increase, they say the average PNM customer could see their monthly bills increase by 18 percent, or about $11."

"Southern Nevada energy rates will rise about 3.4 percent, or about $5.29 a month on the average residential home bill, to pay for energy efficiency programs and the lost sales related to those efforts for NV Energy, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada ruled today.The rate increase was the result of legislation passed in 2009 that allow the company to recover costs of energy efficiency programs the company implements, such as subsidizing light bulbs and replacing old refrigerators and air conditioners, and the resulting energy sales it would have made without those programs." ....

"Raleigh-based Progress is asking South Carolina regulators to raise the typical residential bill by about $5 a month in that state. The company is recovering fuel costs (mostly coal) and the cost of solar projects, other renewables and energy-efficiency programs."
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