Comment: Absolutely not true.Power

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Absolutely not true.Power

Absolutely not true.

Power company billing generally has three parts - an energy charge, a "be connected" fee, and an instalation charge.

- The one-shot instalation fees pay the added capital and labor costs of adding a customer to the grid.
- The grid-connection charge pays the ongoing costs of keeping the customer connected: Maintaining the lines, reading the meter, sending the bill, ...
- The energy charge pays for the energy delivered.

The connection fee, not cross-subsidies from bigger users, is why they don't go broke providing power to a horde of tiny or intermittent consumers that take a variable amount of power and need a meter and meter reading.

If the fee structure is REALLY set up so there is cross-subsidization that's costing them, the right solution is to get together with the regulators and adjust it for ALL users, not to selectively penalize those whose usage pattern breaks their business model.

Selectively charging extra for customers with renewable energy systems is a transparent move to make the latter less economic, stop people from installing them, increase the amount of power dellivered from the grid to these customers, and thus the profit derived from it.

It's corporate welfare - a direct tax on the consumers, turned over to the power companies.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.