Not too long ago the State of Ohio passed legislation that allowed for competition in the utilities market. The North East Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) ensued as not-for-profit lobby force that negotiated betters rates with outside suppliers for participating communities. The result: 12% discount on electricity in NOPEC communities.
However, the State Legislature passed a law last year that required utilities to reduce sales, reduce output, use re-newable sources for generating power, etc.
The result was First Energy trying to charge you $21 for two light bulbs! A firestorm ensued!
First Energy is back at it again, and is asking for more time to craft a similar plan. The Plain Dealer covers it here.
There is a push to implement "smart grid" technologies that will help us reduce utility costs in the midst of all this legislation. For instance, the "smart grid" technology would internet based communications to communicate with the energy grid about your energy consumption.
No problem. Technology is great, so is the internet! We could all try to use our resource better. But, using less should not cost us more.
Can Lake County Residents afford higher utility rates in the face of all the tax levies and decreasing wages?
What do you think?