Letter: Support Jacob's efforts for power competition

San Diego Gas & Electric gouge and extortion

The Tribune reported on the latest San Diego Gas & Electric plans to extort more money from our already overly-gouged citizenry.

The new “plan” is not only to add a minimum “service fee” to every meter holder, but to reduce the current four-tier rate system to a two-tier system, of course both tiers higher than we now suffer.

They cite declining sales (revenue) volume in the county due to the rapid growth of homeowner solar electric generation. While complaining about homeowner solar generated power, they, at the same time, are buying solar farms built by Chinese contractors and turning our green Ramona countryside into glass farms.

Of course when any non-monopolistic business loses sales volume and revenues due to market conditions beyond their control, they simply reduce overhead costs, staff, inventory and production services.

Not so with SDG&E. They seek to extort more cash from their mandated customer base, give it to Chinese contractors to produce the same product (kilowatts) with less cost (labor) and return a greater dividend to their parent corporation. Meanwhile they specifically target homeowner solar electric power with higher fees, dis-incenting the purchase of solar power, and denying market space to local small business solar contractors.

Thankfully our county supervisor, Dianne Jacob, is on our side. She, too, sees and feels the pain from this monopoly on the critical electric power service we need to live and grow. At her recent State of the County Address she shared her vision of pressing legislation enabling competition in the County Electric Service market space.

Let us encourage Mrs. Jacob’s efforts before we’re all cooking on wood stoves, reading by candlelight, and filling our refrigerators with blocks of ice.

Joseph Halsted

Ramona

   
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