December 12, 2008
I can't believe the ICC would allow the company to get a rate increase. I think we should vote on how becomes commisioners, instead of our corrupt governor appointing them.
July 17, 2008
The motion by Peoples Gas and Light to raise rates mentions a desire to cover costs associated with implementing an energy efficiency program. Where would I find a description of what Peoples Gas intends to implement? I would hope that they are considering ways to encourage residential customers to install renewable energy systems to heat both domestic water and for space heating. I would appreciate a reply that includes the program description. Thank you.
February 5, 2008
The idea of decoupling natural gas costs is complete insanity. I keep my bills low by using a minimum of natural gas and also do so as president of the condo board for the building I own a unit in. With this decoupling procedure, I will be forced to pay more and pay it year round. So in the summer there will be high gas bills and high electric bills. To me this sounds like the socializing of the cost of natural gas. Wasteful and/or large users of natural gas will be subsidized by people like myself who do not use much natural gas. This will only lead to more natural gas consumption as people who have to pay for it anyway will decide there is no point in conserving, which will lead to further demand, which will lead to more price increases in a vicious cycle. Even if this decoupling were fair regarding how much gas was used, why should I be *FORCED* by the government to loan a utility money in the summer? This interest free loan is great for them, it does natural gas customers no good at all. The idea of 'stable' bills is idiotic as well. It's not my fault some people can't budget unless the bill is the same every month. Nor is it my responsibility to make the utility's budgeting easier. I can budget out natural gas usage for a large condo building as well as my own property understanding that costs will be greater in the winter, I think the utility's accountants and executives should be able to handle it on their end. There has to be incentive to conserve and that incentive is not paying for the natural gas we don't use and not forcing us to give Nicor and people's energy an interest free loan. -Bp
February 5, 2008
To Whom it May Concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission:
Regarding the proposed rate increase and billing change (decoupling) for North Shore Gas I must voice my disapproval. Though I am a customer of Nicor, your ruling on this docket will certainly effect me at some point given Nicor's stated position (that they are watching today's vote and would eventually change their billing to match North Shore's).
Please reject this proposal as you initially did in November. The people should not pay for services they are not using, nor should they subsidize other customers that use more services than they do.
Thank you for your time,