ALBANYThe supply cost of electric doubled for National Grid customers from December to January and the rates were set to go even higher in February but Upstate New York customers will get a temporary reprieve. The utility announced Wednesday that it will freeze the electric supply rate from January to soften the blow of major price spikes. The price per kilowatt hour was set to increase by 20-30% in February but National Grid says it will hold off on charging customers that increase, instead likely collecting it a little at a time over the next six months. It was going to be even more of a shock (the price of electric) and we know that there are people out there that are having trouble paying their bills and they're expecting one thing and see another, says Patrick Stella, a spokesman for National Grid. Although National Grid really only controls the delivery side of the bill, the utility asked the Public Service Commission to soften the blow on the supply side of the bill. I know you've been reporting on it and our customers have certainly been calling us about it and as we've discussed, supply rates are something we don't really control but if we can somehow work with the Public Service Commission and mitigate these things, especially during these winter months when people are using a lot of electricity, Stella says. The February National Grid bills will show the higher supply cost but they will also show a credit on a line item labeled ESRM, that credit is temporary though. Eventually, we are going to have to collect those funds when temperatures are warmer, when people aren't struggling so much to pay their bills, Stella says. As CBS6 has been reporting, electric rates are sky-high right now across upstate New York. The states transportation system is dated, the demand is high and natural gas which is used in the production of electricity is also increasing in price. National Grid says it will take another look at how much electric it buys in advance verses riding the market to see if changes can or should be made but right now, customers are on the hook. From what we know, from the market and the information we're getting a lot of the spike in cost have been due to cold temperatures, high price of natural gas and generally that does happen this time of year, Stella says. The temporary credit is not available to customers who purchase their electric through an Energy Service Company (ESCO). National Grid says details of the pay-back plan will be included in Marchs bill once they are finalized.
With close regulatory oversight, a home owner in Victoria, Australia gets a professional Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) to "abolish" a residential electricity supply. This is ATYPICAL because (i) the DistCo had already issued a Defect Notice, and themselves abolished the "active" wire upstream of the service fuse (brown porcelain rectangular object); (ii) the property was vacant, and (iii) the owner was not a current or recent customer of any electricity retailer. However, this action _may_ have wide applicability in opening up " abolishment" (i.e. permanent disconnection and safe isolation from electricity utility supply) to competition, in a formerly tightly controlled and expensive monopoly service. DistCo employees ("linesmen") normally control the service fuse, but where service has previously been disconnected by the DistCo, it is legal for a REC to remove all wires between the service fuse and the energy meter, and again all wires between the energy meter and the home-owner's switchboard. Any reasonable court of law, regulatory regime or administrative tribunal would "surely"(?) regard the customer arranging for a qualified contractor to remove HIS OR HER OWN WIRES at a residential property as DEFACTO ABOLISHMENT of the electricity supply. This assertion may well need to be tested in a court or tribunal... So now THIS home owner, already in advanced stages of commissioning his off-grid solar photovoltaic power system will be finalizing the 230-volt AC connection from his inverter to his switchboard, and enjoying a future of "NO ELECTRICITY BILLS".
http://www.OasisEnergy.com/ One common question we receive is from customers who notice two charges on their bill. A supply and a delivery change. They'll think..."Hey, I'm being double billed!" Don't worry you aren't alone in this confusion. Between the tariffs, the fees, the different charges, and the way the bill is broken down you would think these bills were designed to be confusing. Hopefully we can clear up some of this confusion. Your energy bill is always the sum of two main components: supply and delivery charges. The first portion is delivery. These charges come from your utility company. Utility companies like BGE, PEPCO, PPL, ComEd, PECO, Duquesne Light, West Penn Power, PSEG, Con Edison, and National Grid, and that's just to name a few. These utility companies own and maintain the wires, the poles, the pipes, they read your meters, provide emergency service and generate your bill. This portion is regulated. It is still a monopoly, so, you can't choose the utility company that services your address, it's predetermined by where you live. Your utility company charges you to deliver your electricity or gas to your home using their wires or pipes. The second portion is supply. This charge is strictly for the consumption of electricity or natural gas used during a certain period of time. It costs money to generate electricity and gas. You pay for what you use. For electricity it's per kWh. For gas it's per Therm. You use more..........you pay more. These charges come from your supplier, like us, Oasis Energy. Only this portion of your bill is deregulated. Meaning you have the option to choose which company you want to receive supply services from. It's a commodity, so, no one has better electricity or gas...it's all coming from the EXACT same place regardless of the supplier you choose. ---- If your bill suddenly went up...the first thing you want to do is check your consumption. Did you use a lot of electricity in the last month? Was it hot or cool and required a lot of energy to maintain a comfortable room temperature. Next check your rate. Is your rate competitive? Are you on a fixed or variable rate? A variable rate may offer savings, but due to market factors or during times of high demand such as summer or winter the rates might go up. You may be better suited with a fixed rate. If you have a question about your bill or about your service give us a call. Our customer service staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and make sure you are on the right plan for you. People often misunderstand their bill and think they are a victim of a scam. No matter what you always pay the supply and delivery charges.
The detailed information and account setting screens on a Landis & Gyr prepayment gas meter. This shows the tariff structure for gas, including calorifc value (in MJ/m3), price per kWh, tariff bands, debt for collection, etc. It's no wonder that customers get confused by these things, the complexity is staggering. Also shown is the effect of a meter account reset clearing the debt collection statistics.