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Exceptional Utility Bills

Original post made by Ralph N. Shirlet, another community, on Apr 8, 2010

Dear Dolores,

When PG&E offered me the opportunity to pay for three times the natural gas I actually used in December and early January, I turned to our Iron Horse corridor neighborhood e-exchanges to ask if they were provided an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. It seems 417 residences in our corridor had been offered the opportunity to pay at least double what their normal usage was in prior years for the period.

Each of 417 residences reported that technicians had been to their homes looking for leaks at the meter as was my experience. Maybe PG&E can explain the leak detection program and its relationship to meter readings so you can inform all those neighbors I missed who might have had a similar result.

Quite curious, don't you think?

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by F.Olivas
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 12, 2010 at 6:48 am

The PG&E boondoggle is based on a Public Utility Commission not watching out for the consumers which it is supposed to do. For another, the "meters" were never tested anywhere in the independent world of testing, even though there had been an outcry from the beginning about no testing by independent companies. So the so-called hi-tech meters are doing the job exclusively for its maker, PG&E and charging, guess who, the consumer.

Up and down the state the same outcry and the Public Utility Commission does nothing except approved the PG&E plan, and PG&E does next to nothing except to claim that the meters work. Of course those meter work well but only to serve the utility company who also slipped into the consumer's monthly bill a different playing field for charges which only slams the consumer once again.

Now the problem is at the Commission level as well as with a utility company which currently seeks to freeze ANY COMMUNITY from forming its own utility company to compete with PG&E. It's called the taxpayer right to whatever; already, heavy advertising on TV for passage!!!! Can you imagine such balderdash?

Of course everyone knows this. Oooops excuse me, I forgot there are some who believe much of what they are told by utility companies. Then they should pay the extra which PG&E seeks. Can one conclude this? The reader should decide.

While good people go to work, work hard, pay their bills, some are eating away at the very utilities one must use to survive. And Now its our own PG&E which wants a piece of your monthly income with hidden new charges and outright meters which favor only one party which also seeks by initiative to freeze anyone from trying to compete with PG&E.
It's a THREE prong attack AT ALL. No matter where one looks PG&E will eat into your pocketbook if you are not watching and voting carefully!!!!

Hopefully, many understand what is happening and will act to protect their pocketbook from outright stealing no matter what law they seek as well as speak out against the SMART METERS which they are not completely.


F. Olivas

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Posted by cookie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

If you think your PG&E bills are high now just wait until our good ole Democrats in Congress pass Cap & Trade! Our uitlity bills will soar! They love to "rub salt in our wounds"!

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Dolores,

Reference to Cap & Trade: Web Link

Such regulation of environmental impact is configured to reward and benefit participation. Such regulation has little impact on the lack of consumer review of data collection and billing practices used by PG&E as noted in this exchange. Consumer protection has never been part of a Republican platform or conservative agenda. If fact the highest energy costs occurred during the Bush Administration.

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by cookie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2010 at 1:56 am

Well, Ralph at least the Republicans and the Bush Administration didn't "spend" us into oblivion! We have been given "Change" allright, but it's the worst kind of change! We have a socialized government that expects the working class of America to support those who are illegal or those that don't work and a healthcare system that pays for abortions yet "rations" healthcare based on the Lives System, so if you are between the ages of 20-50 you are considered worthy of healthcare but if you are old you are dispensable and the government will tell you how you will die! How old are you Ralph?

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Posted by KJ
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

Cookie, I suggest you do some research and educate yourself about the lack of Bush Administration spending (e.g., current costs of Afghanistan and Iraq wars); the actual meaning of "socialism" and the components of the Health Care bill recently passed.

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Posted by Kay
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

I am so sick of every problem turning into a political finger pointing contest where little gets accomplished. Both parties are a mess.

We all need to stick together and find out what's causing the huge leap in our utility bills (electric and gas) since the smart meters went in. Everyone we speak with, both private residences and business, are astounded by their recent bills.

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Posted by John
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm


Referring to our current "great healthcare" in your statement above. I am 58 and my wife is 55 we have individual policies and each got 40% increases in 2009. My insurance has went from $500 a month in 2006 to $1,200 in 2009 (my recent "Anthem Gram"). My wife has had similar increases. My policy also has a $40 office co-pay, a $2,500 deductible and I pay 30% of costs above deductible. I can not change policies. My out of pocket expenses peryear over the last 4 years have averaged $40,000 per year. I have a $30K annual pension (you do the math). I have a We have both worked since we were teenagers. I cannot afford my policy and she has cancer so I am cancelling my policy in 2 months.

Could you give me some advice on how to fix the system. I know Obamacare will not help me, however doing nothing is worst what are your brilliant ideas. How's your insurance policy compare

On a second topic the Bush administration had the following programs that were completely unfunded:

- Iraq and afgan wars
- The medicare drug insurance for seniors (though I am happy they passed it)
- tax cuts on investment income (I do not know your situation but I do not have a lot of stock and bonds that received any advantages from the cuts, it was purely a give away to the wealthy, and one of the larger transfers of wealth in our history.)

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Apr 16, 2010 at 7:23 am

jrm is a registered user. are certainly entitled to your opinions and your vote counts just as much as mine, but dare I say you really are so partisan you do not make much sense and your wack-a doodle logic only diminishes the more serious advocates on your side of the arguments.
John...I feel for you and it is real stories with real facts like yours that need to continually be revealed to folks who have no clue what financial impact random illness actually has in our current system.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

Dear Emily,

Maybe I am feeling electric, or just GAS, but has this exchange drifted?

What has been your readers' experience with gas and electric billing since Smart Meters have been planned and installed?

That is the topic of this exchange.

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by KJ
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

Ralph, I totally agree with your last post.

With the installation of our PG&E "Smart Meter", we have seen our gas bills more than double. Consequently, I requested a PG&E representative to come out and check the meters. Both representatives said the electric and gas meters checked out okay and were working fine (I do not know what type of tests were conducted).

Of course, I really was not surprised the PG&E representatives did not find anything wrong with our Smart Meters--would anyone else think otherwise?

PG&E would be the last to admit the meters are inaccurate. Can you imagine how many they would have to replace? PG&E has found a "cash cow" and they are intent on keeping it.

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Posted by Careful Scrutiny
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

We are told that PGE and the PUC is and will investigate the sudden rise of energy costs as of the installation of the "Smart" meters.
is this not like the fox in charge of the henhouse????
Careful Watching by all!!!!

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