[tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

  • From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:32:12 -0500

"You actually use more by using less?"

Is that, actually, a known fact?

I know people are glad vehicles don't operate this way!

What a screw up!


----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 3:43 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)


you remind me of Joe Plumber there Robert; assuming government is always out
to "screw the citizens"!

First, they don't want to build a power plant because it's very expensive,
and they'd have to borrow the money, thus making your electric rates go up
even further.  Next, they don't want to build one because no one wants a
power plant anywhere near them.  and finally, they have some of the higher
electric rates, because they have some of the lowest income from property
taxes, because they aren't allowed to tax state buildings at all; so there's
all that prime business property going untaxed, and yet you expect
dial-a-ride, and road repairs, and audible signals, and everything else that the city needs to provide. in short, they have to get money from somewhere.

As for not turning your a/c down, that's just plain wrong, and is another
urban myth. you can call the city engineers, or the PSC engineers, and they
will confirm that there's no such thing as "your system uses more
electricity because it has to work harder, so you actually use more
electricity by using less". sorry, just do some research on the internet if you don't want to call and you'll find some decent electrical engineers who
will tell you this isn't so.  Now, don't turn your system off unless your
gone 3 days, that's got a grain of truth to it; but the truth is don't ever
turn it off, just up high enough so you'll use less, but not so high that
your house might start growing mold or mildew. that's the only problem with
turning it off; you'll get green stuff growing.

Chip




-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Easy Talk
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:15 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

My guess is after the pilot program, the city will decide if they are going
to make the change or not and if they make the change we most likely won't
have a choice. My question is how can they tell what time we are using the
electricity. Basically the time is in two 12 hour slots so if 1 of the
twelve hour slots goes up 8 cents and the other goes down four if you don't
change your habits then it don't look to good as far as the math goes.  In
the winter nights are much colder but in the summer the days are much
hotter.  Every air condition person I have ever talked to says the most
efficient way to use your air condition is to set it to a comfortable level and leave it because if you raise the temperature while you are at work and
then lower it when you come home, the system has to work harder to reduce
the temperature.  They also say not to turn it off unless you are going to
be away for 3 days or more.
I don't think people will change there habits in usage. Commercial business
will really get the shaft and this change could affect whether a business
would choose to locate in Tallahassee or not. The last I knew, Tallahassee
already has the highest electric rates in the state of Florida.  As the
population grows in the future the city will have to build more power plants
so why not bite the bullet and quit screwing the citizens.

Robert


Robert

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Plummer" <joeplummer@xxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:39 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)


Well this is ok if you choose to do this and can switch back to your old
plan or way if you want to but don't know if they would let you do this
and
also would they start charging outrageous price to switch to discourage
you
from doing the switch thing.



sign,
Joe Plummer (JP)
joeplummer@xxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
Of Allison and Chip Orange
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 6:47 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

well, this is an instance where everyone benefits (working at the PSC,
this
is something I'm familiar with).

The city doesn't have to pay to build a new power plant, if they can get
enough people to switch over to this new plan.  people get their
electricity
at two thirds of the current price if they switch over to the new plan.

As far as I know of, the few problem meters have been replaced with
working
ones; so this is something where everyone gets some of the money.

now, there's one way someone not paying attention can lose money: if you
switched to the new plan, the electricity you use during day-time hours is
much more expensive than if you had not changed plans; so, if you sign up
to
switch plans, and then you don't change your usage patterns, you'll end up
with a higher electric bill.

If I recall, the city said 70% of people, if they signed up for the new
plan, but made no change in their usage patterns, would end up with the
same
bill they have now (I think).  This was to indicate you wouldn't have to
change much to start saving money.

So, if you are looking to save every dime, I'd look into switching (unless
you have gas heat and gas hot water, in which case it won't make much
difference).

if you want it when you want it (that is, you aren't willing to wait till
night to do your wash; take your shower, etc.), then don't switch, and
keep
things as they are.

Chip




-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
Of Easy Talk
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 6:35 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

Well the whole idea was to cut out the meter reader so just putting it on
the electric only, wouldn't get the job done. The city saves, you pay the
same just like the Nova 2010 scam.
You know the four pounds of sugar at the five pound price deal.  Most
likely
the new electric plan will mostly benefit the city or they wouldn't be
doing
it, that's why they are doing the pilot testing to see how much they would
make.

Robert

Robert

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 5:57 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)


sorry to hear about that; but I do know they have the standard manual
display still on them as a backup in cases like yours.  I had no idea
though they were doing this with water meters, I only got a notice
from the city about my electric meter.


-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Easy Talk
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 4:49 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

As far as smart meters being correct, I'll have to disagree with this
since when one was installed on my rental property which was vacant
and the water was turned off at the street, I got a water bill for
$1,800.00 and I didn't make a typo in the amount.  After fussing with
the utility department for
3
months, I finally had to call the mayors office to get it sorted out.
They
couldn't understand why the visual reading was different than what was
being sent to the computer so I suggest you get a sighted person to
check your meter reading and compare it to your billed amount.  In my
case it deffentantly was noticeable but if the difference is slight
you might be getting screwed.

Robert

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 4:52 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)


Joe,

I can only say you've really got just about everything screwed up in
this reply of yours.

first, yes, you can opt out at any time; that question, and all the
others you say aren't answered, are indeed answered on the web site
provided in the original email.  This question was actually answered
in the email, since I copied some of the questions from the site into
the first email.

next, nobody said anything about just having a smart meter would
lower your bill.  that wasn't claimed, because they are a standard
electric meter in every way, except that they can be read remotely
over the internet.  they do not give false readings, and they have
not caused anyone's bill to go up unjustly.  there has been no
misreading by city workers.

Yes, it's possible if you go on this plan for you to have a higher
bill (if you use all your electricity during the peak daytime hours);
you do have to read and understand it before doing something like
signing up, or shooting off a reply full of misinformation.

No, having residential customers switch their usage patterns because
of this program will not change the peak load times; that's because
peak load is largely a function of commercial use (that's why
holidays are given to you at the cheaper rate, just like night time
usage).

The city does provide all of these answers on their web site, and
time of day pricing for electricity is something which has been in
common use across the country for 20 years I'd guess.

this is a way for people who have very limited amounts of money to
save a little more; you should not try and stop them from doing so by
spouting a lot of conspiracy theory, or anti-government rhetoric
which isn't backed up with any facts.  It's also a very
environmentally friendly thing to do, as it keeps us from having to
build new power plants.


Chip


-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Joe Plummer
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 4:24 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: new electricity pricing plan (optional)

Yes, I heard about this from the Morning show on WFLA FM . The
problem is with this is like the smart meters what if it really ended
up with a higher cost to you and two if you decided you did not like
it or it did not fit your needs could you opt out of it. These
questions have not yet been answer. Also would if enough people got
on this ban wagon wouldn't it change the peek time?  This then would
throw you in a higher electric plan.
Also the question is if your house or rental is not energy efficient
how would this effect your cost with these smart thermostat. So lots
of questions and so far no answers from the city and lots more
question that have not been listed here that has not been answered
yet. Don't forget the smart meter was supposed to lower people
electric bill and did exactly the opsit. No one has gave a good
reason why this has happen. The best answer they came up with here is
that the meter readers was not reading the meters right. Now you are
saying that the city employed meter readers that could not read and
write ? I don't think so I think the smart meters is just not working
right but guess what you can't do anything about it but pay the bill.
So in my opinion is to be careful what you sign up for.



Sign,
JP ( Joe Plummer)
joeplummer@xxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Allison and Chip Orange
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:58 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] new electricity pricing plan (optional)

Hi all,

below is info on the new optional electricity pricing plan.  instead
of a single price, you can switch to a plan which prices it based on
the time of day when you  use the power.

To go with this, you can purchase thermostats which automatically
change their temp settings based on the time of day, along with
electric hot water timers which do the same thing.

Chip

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The City Commission approved the first optional rate plan at its
October 27, 2010 meeting. This new offering is known as the Nights &
Weekends Pricing Program. As a new Energy Smart Plus program, it
offers customers an alternative rate option with a lower price on
electricity used during nights
(7 p.m. - 7 a.m.), weekends and holidays at 7.921 cents / kWh and a
higher rate during weekdays (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) at 22.264 cents / kWh.
The program is open to 2,000 City of Tallahassee Electric customers
as a pilot from November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2012.

More info at: http://www.talgov.com/you/energy/nw.cfm
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from that site are copied below.

Q: What are the rates associated with Nights & Weekends?
A: Currently, our electricity is at 12.158 cents / kWh all day, every
day.
The new plan will be split between Daytime @ 22.264 cents / kWh and
Nights

&
Weekends @ 7.921 cents / kWh. State holidays are also at the Nights &
Weekends rate of 7.921 cents / kWh.

Q: Can I stop the program at any time?
A: Yes, but if you return to the program, we will ask you to stay for
a minimum of one year.

Q: If I leave the program will I be able to re-enroll?
A: Yes, as long as there are available spots in the program; and
you'll be required to remain on the plan for at least a full year.

Q: When does this program start?
A: Customers can start signing up on November 1, 2010.

Q: How can I sign up?
A: Call 891.4YOU (4968) or fill out a Customer Request Form for more
information or to sign up.



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