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Phil's Rambling Rants

September 6th, 2006

September 6th, 2006
07:45 am

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With lousy power
... comes great power bills.

Electric rates have supposedly been frozen in Illinois since 1997, but somehow my power bill keeps going up.

Now the rate freeze law is due to expire.  A reverse auction is now in the news, where power generators compete to offer the lowest price to the company we buy power from.  I shudder to anticipate what my power bill will be like in the coming years.

Is anyone selling technology that would let me generate my own power without being mechanically inclined enough to build it myself?  If not, why not?

Note to self: now that we have an income again, start thinking again about getting a propane powered emergency generator.  We expect that the reliability of electric service will be dropping even as the prices go up.  A propane generator won't (or at least I fervently hope it won't) be cheaper than grid power, but I expect a backup supply will be necessary in a few years.  I don't have a good relationship with small gasoline engines, so I don't want to mess with a portable even though they're cheaper.

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