When Politicians Run Things–December 21

   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    Wherein we see that the government-controlled electricity generation system is not only costly but opaque.

Kemptville man in shock after being hit with $43 delivery fee by Hydro

By Michael Aubry, Ottawa Sun
Derek Adam is checking out his window hoping to spot a legion of miniature hydro gnomes.

That’s because he’s been hit with a $43 delivery fee for using just $3 of electricity.

At that price, he figures they must be hand-delivering the power right to his business.

That’s right, the charge to "deliver" hydro to his storage facility in Kemptville cost 26 times more than the power itself.

Adam can’t help but laugh it off.

"That would be like ordering a pizza for $25 and getting charged $1,000 for the delivery," he said.

You see, Adam doesn’t need a lot of electricity.

He works at D’Arcy McGee’s pub by day and manages a moving company on the side, using the building to store his equipment.

He doesn’t need to heat it, or even keep the lights on.

In fact, he flicked the switch on for only a few hours in November to tinker in the warehouse.

"It’s just funny to see the bill as the charge is so low and delivery so high," he said.

"It costs me $20 every time I turn the switch on at my business."

But not all hydro customers are taking the hikes in stride.

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s office this month, waving placards pleading "Help! I can’t pay my hydro bill" to protest the increases.

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    This outfit has spent say $15B, on “Green Energy” and now subtracts money from the bill as a “Green Bonus.” Thence, the appearance of “Green Energy” saving money when it’s really costing money. By the way, where are the “Green Jobs?” Actually, “Green Jobs” are a negative number. Money was taken from the productive to herd leprechauns, aka “Green Energy.” Only in politics can we be told that a minus is a positive.

Hydro bills are expected to rise 42% over five years for the average family under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

"It makes you wonder just how many people are getting way over-billed," said Adam.

He just can’t make sense of the delivery charge.

Both his warehouse and his home are in Kemptville’s core but he has wildly different charges at both.

Where’s the rhyme and reason, he asked.
"Why call it a delivery charge? Why not just increase the price of hydro and don’t hide behind it."

At home, his bill was just a hair over $350, yet he was charged $125 in delivery fees, a vastly different ratio to his business costs.

Hydro One’s delivery charges break down by the number of people using hydro in your area.

Kemptville falls into the medium-density area, usually tacking on about $25 in delivery charges per month.

The fee is supposed to go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the power lines to each home.

"At this point, I’ve just accepted it, I don’t even bother calling in to get it changed," he said, exasperated.

"I don’t have three hours to call them and waste my time, and to get no result. It’s not worth the anxiety and the stress."

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    Give it over to free enterprise, I’m begging you.

Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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