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Cheaper electricity? An update from the city, please

March 29, 2018

To the editor: Cape Coral, where did our money go? In 2015-2016 Cape Coral began to investigate the possibility of no longer using LCEC for electric service in Cape Coral....

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Apr-01-18 6:35 AM

antico -- Yes, one has to be careful of "Non-Profit" and "Not-for-Profit" entities : Clever folk manage to build some of them on the shady side of the street as well as the sunny.

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Mar-31-18 8:22 PM

Maybe it exists but I haven’t seen a spread sheet of the costs and expenses of the LCEC operations.

One can only speculate at the bonuses and incentives that MAY be heaped on management and operations.

“IF” there are excesses, that would explain their reluctance to promote solar roofs for home owners and business and accrue the savings and stabilizing security impacts on CC’s grid. TVA and EPB are engaging such chicanery in my home city/state. Their initial solar incentive program was gobbled up and waiting lines wanted more. It is a dirty secret some bureaucrats are making huge bonuses and don’t want to right size our system with more solar roofs.

In CC/Florida so much more of the energy dollars could stay in your community from local (distributed generation) in addition to strengthening the grid. Some light reading on how it helped in Puerto Rico:

“How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria”

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Mar-30-18 6:02 PM

Somebody told the city manager the city could make millions by selling the electric and jim burch who HATES LCEC because of the Del Prado pole incident. That is why he kept pushing to take over the electric. If you think your water bills are good wait until the city gets to charge you for electric...Then you wil PRAY for LCEC to return.

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Mar-30-18 8:56 AM

Ask yourself if u like to pay ANY utility’s up front capital expenditures (power plants & grid). U have been with FP&L et al. Sometimes they even cancelled the construction without returning our pre-payments (reminder these are for profit corps). That is some incentive to build utility infrastructure & we pay for it even w/LCEC as a go between. What is good for the utility is OFTEN not good for the rate payer. But this was good capitalism.

Batter up – here comes the pitch.

Distributed electric production has huge advantages over the big corporate CENTRALIZED utilities. It has the production spread about, where it is used, making the grid more stable. Less waiting for grid to be put back online after storms and terrorist attacks is better. The big one is centralized utilities have to keep beefing up the grid (all of it) the more demand is increased. It’s about ½ of our electricity cost.


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Mar-30-18 8:55 AM


Some regions provide the incentive to individuals to generate electricity like I took advantage of. 1st there is the federal 30% cost tax “credit”. In my case TVA contracted to pay me 140% (retail) for ever unit of electricity I pump into the grid for 10yrs. I generate enough total electricity for myself and supplement my neighbors use. This electricity is used where it is produced & my system will be paid for in about 7yrs. Afterward the utility will pay me the retail rate. I know I am saving my community some of the cost of building and maintaining the grid. This program ended for future investors like me because some executives make huge bonuses for so called “operating the system efficiently”. This is no more than greed and inefficiency allowed by the Public Service Commission.

All of our electricity can’t be “distributed” production. We need corporations. They do need to be right sized though - not allowed to grow until their inefficiencies become crippling.

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