Um… It is 6:07 a.m. and I am still on my first cup of coffee so I had to read parts of this KansasCity.com story twice before I would accept what Red State pointed out in a post in their morning brief.
The state of Missouri is on the verge of charging consumers a hefty fee for the energy they don’t use. Missouri governor Jay Nixon explains, “To save power is the equivalent of making power.”
(Hm. Where have I heard this “saved” equals “created” claim before? Oh yes! President Obama has repeatedly claimed that the actions of his administration have “saved or created” hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Got it.)
Anyhoo, here’s the AP reporter’s sum-up of the MO policy in a nutshell:
Though it might seem illogical, the new energy efficiency charge has support from utilities, most lawmakers, the governor, environmentalists and even the state’s official utility consumer advocate. The charge covers the cost of utilities’ efforts to promote energy efficiency and cut power use.
The assumption is that charging consumers for those initiatives ultimately will cost less than charging them to build the new power plants that will be needed if electricity use isn’t curtailed.
May seem illogical? How about inherently unfair? Anti-free market? How about downright criminal?
How about: if a new power plant is needed based on consumer demand, then you build it and charge for energy accordingly, and if it ain’t, you don’t? And how about: if people find ways to use less electricity, you let them keep and enjoy their savings? Or is that all way too simple and sensible for the MO governor and his pals?
Missouri’s state motto is “Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto,” which means, “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.” If this energy policy passes, they ought to change the word “people” to “energy companies and their bureaucrat friends.”
(And don’t miss the part of the story where one of Missouri’s “popular” energy initiatives was for KCP&L to give consumers “free” thermostats – that can be remotely controlled:
One of the company’s more popular energy-saving initiatives has provided free programmable thermostats to about 34,000 residential customers in Missouri and Kansas. KCP&L can remotely control the devices to reduce the frequency at which air conditioners run during peak demand times. The power company overrode customers’ air conditioners four times last year and twice so far this summer, Caisley said.