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Subject: Re: conservation causes rate hikes Date: 1/8/2006 3:10 PM
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here in VA, read in the paper yesterday that because conservation efforts have reduced the use of electricity so much, its forcing the utility
 to raise their rates in order for them to cover their expenses...

What comic book are you reading?

Even if the statement is true, the sentiment which I take to underlie it
 [e.g., if we all replaced our EER 10 a/c's with EER 6's, we'd save money]is undreemably stupid.  
It is not, however, true. Electric megawatt-hours have been steadily increasing, 
both nationwide and in VA.

YEAR	US (kmwh)	VA (mwh)
1993	2,935,921	 61,243,510 
1994	2,965,226	 62,048,924 
1995	3,052,751	 62,996,021 
1996	3,137,574	 66,895,127 
1997	3,181,264	 68,515,334 
1998	3,303,626	 72,199,439 
1999	3,374,579	 73,897,611 
2000	3,472,923	 77,189,370 
2001	3,410,538	 74,104,750 
2002	3,504,788	 75,005,651 
2003	3,525,486	 75,309,420 
2004	3,624,101	 78,900,040 

Moreover, prices have risen at a rate that is well below inflation:

YEAR  US (¢/kwh) VA (¢/kwh)
1993	 8.32 	 7.57 
1994	 8.38 	 7.75 
1995	 8.40 	 7.84 
1996	 8.36 	 7.60 
1997	 8.43 	 7.75 
1998	 8.26 	 7.51 
1999	 8.16 	 7.48 
2000	 8.24 	 7.52 
2001	 8.63 	 7.79 
2002	 8.46 	 7.79 
2003	 8.70 	 7.76 
2004	 8.97 	 7.99 

Find it all here: http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelelectric.html

Schvitz
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