Utilities Shut Off Middle America

A sure sign of collapse:

Electricity and natural gas shutoffs are up at least 15% in several states compared with last year. Totals for some utilities have more than doubled.

“We’re seeing a record number of shutoffs,” says Mark Wolfe, head of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, which represents programs that subsidize energy bills.

An NEADA survey this month shows 8% of four-member households earning $33,500 to $55,500 have had their power turned off for non-payment. “It’s hitting people in the suburbs with two cars and two kids,” Wolfe says. Utilities Cut Off Customers

This however, is “nothing” compared to what is going to happen here, or what is already happening in countries around the world, where there is NO electricity anymore.

Update: Millions In U.S. Face Energy Shutoff

Related: L.A. seeing more people living out of their cars

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8 thoughts on “Utilities Shut Off Middle America

  • June 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm
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    This truly is an outrage. And it proves another one of your truths, Admin. The government will permit this kind of low intensity war against the American people. It’s just another curtsy to the corporate structure that controls so much of this country in a psychopathic manner.

  • June 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm
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    VA Electric Customers Face 18% Rate Increase
    VA Natural Gas Customers Face 35% Rate Hike

    DOW Criminal`to raise all products ANOTHER 25%

    (some) Texas electric rates jump 116% overnight

    New England Anti-freeze (fuel oil) Doubles 6 months

    ETC

    Nothing to buy here, move along

  • June 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm
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    VA Electric Customers Face 18% Rate Increase
    VA Natural Gas Customers Face 35% Rate Hike

    DOW Criminal`to raise all products ANOTHER 25%

    (some) Texas electric rates jump 116% overnight

    New England Anti-freeze (fuel oil) Doubles 6 months

    ETC

    Nothing to buy here, move along

  • June 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm
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    A number of small towns in our electrical-company area are building wind farms (the wind here is greater than in Chicago). Some of these are owned by the electric company, but some are owned by the towns themselves. One town found they were generating four times the energy that they themselves would need.

    Think electric bills will get lower since they don’t have to purchase as much coal??? I doubt it. They’ll make up some excuse as to why they have to keep bills high, even if enough wind farms were built to power the entire United States and Canada.

  • June 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm
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    HAWT (horizontal axis wind turbines) are a TOTALLY bad joke, hoax, fraud, scam, delusion, … aka LIE. I have 2 alleged 500W turdines (sic) at a “Class 5” or better (as good as it gets folks). Relative to $40/gal gas (40 as in four-zero, not 4) in an ultra-efficient Honda generator as the (my) alternative, the recoup (pay-back) internal calculates to almost a century (as if they’d remain functional for more than a decade even with spare parts and top-notch maintenance) Recouping the out-of-pocket costs (no labor or site costs) for ‘just’ the connection terminals alone (not including wire/cable costs, shipping. labor) FAR exceed my remaining ‘expected’ lifetime (non-crash). The shipping costs may be recouped if (when( gas hits $20/gal). Go Ahead. Prove it to yourself -buy and install one or several yourself. Caveat emptor.

  • June 26, 2008 at 8:25 am
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    Small wind is a joke largely because the wind resources are at 100 to 500 ft above the ground. Most of the 500 watt systems are installed using 20 to 40 foot poles. They might work with a 100 to 120 foot tower but the tower would cost 20 times the cost of the 500 watt turbine.

    Utility scale wind with 1 to 4 MW turbines is a real, cost competitive (even with fossil fuels given recent increases in natural gas and coal prices) source of electricity.

  • June 26, 2008 at 10:41 am
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    Yeah, and the cost of wire/cable (today) exceeds that of the tower and turbine costs combined (usually). NTM conversion and storage costs/loses – to ‘say nothing’ of the fact that the mining, smelting, processing, production/assembly, shipping and installation/construction ALL require ‘cheap energy’ -aka oil in the first place.

    Furthermore

    HAWTs are HIGHLY susceptible to both ‘tracking’ and blade loading disruptions (loses) as caused by ANY turbulence in the ‘wind’ (of which their are many causes/types). HWATs are only (reasonably) efficient under laminar flow conditions. Such conditions do not often exist in practical terms, especially in mountainous terrain, urban environs and ‘near’ ground-level.

    VAWT are a entirely different animal/story!

  • June 26, 2008 at 12:54 pm
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    Lonewolf, I personally really appreciated your personal experience with small wind.

    Likewise, I am about to try out residential PV, despite the abysmal current payback period – 27 years, based on current rates and with sans credits. Utility costs are rising and the state of Georgia finally got with the program and is offering a small tax credit for installation.
    Will keep ya’ll informed.

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