Rocky Mountain Power is giving Utahns an ultimatum: Give us the money we want or we won't give you the electricity you need. The company that three weeks ago received permission from state utility regulators to raise its rates by $36.1 million, or 2.6 percent, now says that isn't nearly enough. And if it doesn't get more, Utah must face the consequences. "This isn't a threat," Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said. "When the laws of man go against the laws of physics, the laws of physics always win. And generating electricity is all about physics..."It's nice to know that the money Rocky Mountain Power is getting from its customers to help its shareholders will go into the Warren Buffett Charitable Trust whereby he can help poor people in the future. Perhaps he could earmark some of that trust money back to Utah's utility customers to pay the extortion request of his company?
Rocky Mountain Power said that beginning Sept. 15 when its customers' power goes out it isn't going to authorize any of its employees to work overtime to get the electricity back up. It also is going to cut back on the maintenance of its system and will implement a hiring freeze for any positions that involve serving customers.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Thanks for the Blackmail, Warren
It's always great when your utility company decides to blackmail you. From today's Tribune: