It has been awhile since I launched a tirade against Pacific Gas & Electric Company Co. and condemning their use of a tier system of energy charges. I can’t let them get away with their monopolistic ways and intend to be heard until something is done to change their outrageous behavior.
PG&E’s chief communications officer rebutted my letter, saying that the tier system was mandated by the state. If this means that they got the Public Utilities Commission to push this through the legislature, it smells. He also stated that the main purpose of their tier system was to get us to conserve. Why do we have to conserve? This isn’t water when we have a drought, which is going on right now, where the governor has asked the public to cut back on use of water that is essential to life.
I wondered why PG&E initiated the CARE program for people with low income. I believe their strategy is to let the rest of us make up whatever shortfall it creates. I received a number of phone calls from people who are disturbed by their enormous energy charges. I thought I would get more calls than I did. I don’t understand, especially in these economic times, why there are so many homeowners out there who are paying high rates for electricity and natural gas and absorbing them without complaint.
The tier system is punitive. I question the validity of it. I would like the matter to get into the courts and get a judge to rule as to its legality. I read somewhere that no government can pass a law that would compromise the rights of its citizens. The tier system is one of them.
John J. Futini