This is really short notice, but if money is tight in your household you need to know that the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is holding a meeting tonight at the Mesa County Public Library to solicit public comments on a proposal by Xcel Energy (pdf) to raise natural gas rates by $139 million over the next three years.
The public comment hearing is today, November 2, at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. 6th St., in Grand Junction starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. You can drop in any time during those hours, or submit comments by snailmail or email.
At the last PUC meeting about a gas rate increase, no one showed up and rates went up
This increase is particularly important because it isn’t just a one-time thing. Rather, XCel is proposing to increase your gas rate every year for the next three years. If the PUC approves it as filed, residential customers will see their monthly gas cost increase by about $2.73 in 2018, by another $2.19 in 2019, and by about an additional $1.74 in 2020. Small commercial customers’ bills will increase about $10.91 in 2018; $6.97 in 2019; and $6.95 in 2020. So we’re looking at quite a bit of money here.
Last time they held a hearing about an increase in energy costs, no one showed up and the increase went through easily. Let’s not let that happen again!
Make your opinion known!
If you don’t want your gas rates to increase every year over the next three years, drop in at the library this afternoon and make your opinion known to the PUC.
If you can’t make it to the library, submit written comments about the rate proposal to the PUC at 1560 Broadway, Suite 250, Denver, CO, 80202. Address comments to Docket No. 17AL- 0363G. You can also submit comments by email by addressing them to email@example.com; or use the on-line comment form.
I’ve got news for you Anne, excel energy will raise your gas bill whether you comment or not. Those type of public hearings in truth are like funerals. They’re not for the dead, they’re for the living. And to create the illusion that you actually have a voice.
That’s why only about half the American people who are eligible to vote actually vote. They’ve figured that out.
PS; Trump was right. The Democrat election was rigged. And I know, because Donna Brazile and Elizabeth Warren told me so. Now, there’s a dose of reality.
In my opinion, your bill has very little to do with the cost of goods sold ( the gas price). It has everything to do with maximizing the extraction of disposable income from consumers pockets. If you can afford to go to Walmart, then you can afford to pay more for utilities. And if you can’t even afford to go to Walmart, then go to DHS for energy relief credits paid for by the County.
When the price of natural gas dropped, Excel changed the pricing model to charge for use of assets to deliver product (meters and pipelines). They also started charging me over the last 2 years $15/month to read my gas meter, since I use very little gas in a vacant house. And while they are already there, they charge me $15 /month to read my electric bill, since I have solar panels, and they have no other way to extract KWH money from me. So $30/moth. Of course, they don’t actually read the meter every month and sometimes estimate costs. But it would be silly not to charge me $30 /month in case they ever wanted to come by and read each meter.
Excel only cares about maximizing earnings to shareholders , whether earned or not. I will write, though I cannot attend.