This story courtesy of Progressive Pulse and Adam Searing.
Yesterday my wife and I got a letter only for “select Duke Energy customers” letting us know the exciting news that we were now eligible to enroll in their convenient “Fixed Payment Plan.”
If you weren’t selected for this honor too, here’s the pitch: You can pay a fixed amount every month for your electric bill based on the average of your energy use. Presumably, when you crank the AC in August you don’t see a $150 bill.
Sounds good? But wait – you need to read farther down. Turns out, “you may pay up to ten percent more than you would have paid under your standard rate schedule plus a $1 monthly administrative fee.” Somehow, you’ve got to respect the corporate gall to demand a $1 a month charge for paying exactly the same monthly bill but at a higher amount. Not even Tony Soprano would charge you extra to pay more.
This is the same Duke Power that wants North Carolinians to trust them to build a shiny new carbon-factory at Cliffside, with gushing promises that someday, somehow they'll eventually offset their toxic emissions.
Where the heck is the Public Utilities Commission? Surely unapologetic scamming of citizen ratepayers isn't legal in North Carolina, is it?