June 6, 2021

Suetterlein: Electric Choice – Bad for the Monopolies, Great for Working Virginians | Columnists

Suetterlein: Electric Choice – Bad for the Monopolies, Great for Working Virginians | Columnists


The electric monopolies’ same team that has written, marketed, and lobbied for these laws that have ripped off ratepayers for several years is now running television ads against competition but under a new monopoly front group – Power for Tomorrow.

Financed by at least $300,000 from Dominion Energy, Power for Tomorrow claims they want to protect ratepayers from higher electric bills created by market competition, just like the monopolies previously “protected” ratepayers with artificially high electric bills and new monopoly profit making surcharges.

We allow Virginians to choose which gas station is best for them, their wireless phone carrier, and soon whether to spend their hard-earned money at corporate casinos cropping up around Virginia, but the electric monopolies would have you believe that Virginians are not intellectually equipped to understand what’s best for their budget and green energy preferences when it comes to electric rates.

According to federal data, Virginia customers pay more for electricity than customers in neighboring West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The electric monopolies shield these high bills with mention only of their rates while omitting the series of additional costs tacked onto your monthly bill. Appalachian Power is currently requesting the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia Supreme Court allow additional charges that would raise our electricity bills by $22 each month, completely irrespective of your electric usage.



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