Here in Massachusetts
, we get to enjoy electricity for about $0.10/KW. At that price
all can afford to use AC and maybe even electric
YEAH BUT! There is also a delivery
charge of another $0.10/KW bringing the delivered electric
cost to about $0.20/KW and folks, that is HIGH. There is discussion about saving energy. Just what does that mean? Low intensity lamps? Here one needs not be a Greeny, all that is needed is the shock when the electric bill is opened.
But again what does saving energy such as electrical energy really mean??? It means if the population suddenly saved 10% in electrical killowatt consumption
, the electric company would petition the Department of Public Utilities FOR A RATE INCREASE. They did just that back in the seventies when most people followed government
recommendations to "conserve energy" during the oil
squeeze. Remember the gas lines???
Again back to what it means to save energy. By that I refer only to fossil fuel
powered generation. Weeell...........maybe we could use windmills!!! HEY THAT IS A GREAT IDEA!!! YES SIREE! Heck, who cares if energy is wasted if the energy source is wind!!!
Well the consumer cares and cares dearly. It has nothing to do with being a Greeny at all. It has to do with economics. For example, Cape Wind
proposed to install 130 windgenerators in Nantucket
Sound. In addition to federal and state grants, Cape Wind
has approval to "sell"....... electricity for $0.20/KW and the stuff still requires distribution. Their cost is twice that of the so called fosil fuel
gererators even with both federal and state grants.
So my fellow cruisers, what energy savings really amounts to is raising the price
of the product to a level where only fools would not conserve.