Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Mythical Typical Customer

Don't you just love this stuff?

The Public Service Commission endorsed a We Energies proposal to raise power prices by $42 million. This follows an increase of nearly $77 million in April for the Milwaukee electric and natural gas utility.

The new increase will translate to a surcharge of $1.28 a month for the typical residential customer now paying nearly $88 a month

Based on my usage and calculations, that "typical customer" is someone who does not shower more than once/week, does laundry at a LaundroMat, keeps the temperature at 85 degrees (summer) and 55 degrees (winter) and has 1 40-watt lightbulb someplace in their efficiency apartment.

No hair dryer, no dishwasher, no TV nor radio, and a 10 cubic foot reefer/freezer combo augmented by back-porch cooling during the winter round out the package.

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