Southern utilities don’t make any sense

melinama of Pratie Place stirred up some old annoyances when I moved here from the West Coast. She talks about plans for consumer’s to feed power into the power grid so that the consumer is only charged for the net power that is taken from the grid. Makes perfect sense.
Unfortunately Duke Power didn’t think so. To have her initiate her project under their pilot “residential” system, you have to insure ANY line worker in anywhere. Thus, it was denied.
This amused me to no end. Besides my annually rising bill due to fees, and them putting in wireless meter readers that turned off my electricity for a week (I didn’t realize since I was on a business trip) and not paying for the damages to all the spoiled food. This was about a year ago. More recently, I realized that the so called efficiency of the wireless meters were pushed back onto the consumer. Joy. But what are you going to do?
Duke Power also does NO maintenance work on trees on the power lines or poles. How I know this? A certain someone I know has called a multitude of times complaining about the trees behind her apartment. The power pole had the safety light out for over six months, even after complaint after complaint. This is the service we have to deal with in the Piedmont area.
On the flip side, Duke Power helps in many disasters and getting Floridians up with power when hurricanes strike. That brings up another brilliant concept for power companies in general. If you know geographically, that area has hurricanes, why don’t you move your lines underground? What a waste of federal disaster funds to pay these corporate people their bonuses.
However, it’s not all in vain for I’d like to see utility corporations look after the community and perhaps champion efforts to make the area a better place. Why? If there is ever a smaller power company that begins to serve the Piedmont community, Duke as a whole is going to regret screwing with their customers.
You know what’s even more amusing than my personal rant above? I haven’t even begun to talk about BellSouth.

  • I tried to comment but my comment was denied for questionable content. ? Maybe Duke Power censors this site?

  • I tried to comment but my comment was denied for questionable content. ? Maybe Duke Power censors this site?

  • darkmoon

    I have a blacklist that censors certain words. It should have told you what words/phrases that did not work. That’s probably why it denied the comment. It’s to stop comment spammers, which are a REALLY big problem.
    Duke Power couldn’t care less about me. *laugh*

  • darkmoon

    I have a blacklist that censors certain words. It should have told you what words/phrases that did not work. That’s probably why it denied the comment. It’s to stop comment spammers, which are a REALLY big problem.
    Duke Power couldn’t care less about me. *laugh*

  • Energy united = small power company servicing parts of the piedmont.

  • Energy united = small power company servicing parts of the piedmont.