Saturday, May 17th, 2008 | Author:

Only a bureaucrat could come up with a phrase like that and expect it to have any meaning. The New York State Public Service Commission, which is an oxymoron if ever I heard one, devised the RDM, so that should help explain it.

It seems that in the state push to get consumers to use less electricity, the power companies were worried about losing money: sell less, make less. So in it’s infinite wisdom, the PSC developed the RDM. This means that, if a power company sells less electricity, they can increase the per unit price, and still make the same amount of money.

Now maybe I just don’t get it, but is something rolling downhill? If the consumer’s incentive to use less electric is to save money, doesn’t the RDM take away the incentive? Isn’t the consumer going to pay the same price, regardless of how much electric we use? Shouldn’t we eat, drink, and be merry, cause the price is going up no matter what we do?

But then maybe our incentive is supposed to be more noble, and we are supposed to be willing to pay more to save the environment. Well, maybe that works for some people, but here’s a question: Why aren’t the power companies more noble? I could only be a little bit noble, unless I actually die and just stop using electric, but the power companies have the bucks to be noble on a grand scale. You think if I suggest this to the PSC, they’ll take an interest?

Yeah, right …

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