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Minimum energy charge penalizes efficiency

I don't get the rationale behind HEA's Minimum Energy Charge. They penalize HEA members $9.95 per month if we use less than 150 killowat hours each month. I have prided myself on building...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/letters/2012-08-16/minimum-energy-charge-pen
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HEA rate change nearly done

...the overall energy rate. A minimum energy charge, equal to the cost of 150...customers will also be billed the minimum energy charge and customer service charge...commission capped the combined minimum energy charge and customer service charge...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2011-12-20/hea-rate-change-nearly-done
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New HEA rate questioned: Structure called too complex to understand

...the utility detailed the reasoning and process followed to decide to institute the minimum energy charge. According to the brief, the minimum energy charge actually adds a smaller cost for low-energy users than other options did. Responding...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/012611/new_776559240.shtml
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Renewables a top issue for HEA candidates

...he had mixed feelings on the recent rate restructuring. He supported raising the base rate. But he opposed the minimum energy charge. "That is contrary to conservation," he said. Conservation is a focus for Wiley. "One thing that I think...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/040111/new_808810248.shtml
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HEA proposed rate restructure mulled in testimony

...said in an email. Fairchild's analysis of the minimum energy charge said that such a charge could be allowed, but also...appropriate mechanism. "Her findings do not rule out a minimum energy charge, but do recommend rejecting a minimum charge based...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2011-07-31/hea-proposed-rate-restructure-mulled
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New electric rate structure causes static

...In the tradition to Chilkoot Charlie (we cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you) HEA has enacted a Minimum Energy Charge for the first 150kWh or $17.72 in addition to their monthly Customer Charge. The KPB adds insult by imputing...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/letters/2012-05-04/new-electric-rate-structu
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