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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Upton had better come through..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 01:23:56 PM EST
    Tags: FERC, WSJ, Energy, Upton, Michigan, Higher costs (all tags)

    Or we have problems.

    According to the Wall Street Journal
    , Michigan will start paying even MORE for its energy..  and Not just trifling amounts, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission placing a $300 million to $500 million annual surtax on the state's electric utility bills.

    On December 16, the FERC Chairman announced new rules that would socialize the cost of transmission lines across 13 states in the Midwest, including our own.

    That region-wide pricing scheme, according to a study commissioned by utility companies, will force Michigan to pay about 20% of as much as $20 billion in new high-voltage transmission lines--though Michigan businesses and homeowners will get little benefit. Thanks to FERC's new tariff, nearly everything in Michigan--from cars and trucks to Frosted Flakes--will be more expensive to make."

    Just what Michigan needs!  And for what?  To transmit electricity from wind farms in Iowa and the Dakotas... except that Michigan doesn't need their electricity.  At least not now, and anyhow what changes were made that would add costs like this?  The government taking over the lines?

    According to the Journal, the scheme is arguably unconstitutional, as it enables states with renewable standards to export the costs of those policies to other states without these laws. They ask
    "Why should a factory in Pontiac, Michigan subsidize the wind energy costs of a plant in Elgin, Illinois? Michigan has a renewable energy standard, but it is already complying through instate renewables."


    The WSJ Pointed out that the governors of at least 15 Western and Northeastern states have sent a letter to Congress objecting to the socializing of costs, to complain that the pricing plans would make electricity more expensive. But the FERC Chair has rebuffed Michigan's plea to exclude the state from the cost-sharing plan.  They opine:

    "We hope that Fred Upton of Michigan, who will soon chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is paying attention. FERC is required under the Federal Power Act to set prices that are "just and reasonable." If Mr. Wellinghoff The FERC chairman) has his way, the people of Michigan and potentially residents and businesses in at least half of all other states are going to receive electric bills that are unjust, unreasonable and a lot more expensive."

    So Michigan gets roped in to pay as much as $4 billion for power lines to carry electricity it doesn't need.  All because wind power can't compete with other forms of energy without this massive subsidy (as the wind industry has admitted).

    And if you think this is the end, there is fully two more years of the current administration that has already shown it will ignore congress and dictatorially mandate it's "change."

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    OMG! What a steaming POS... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 04:58:06 PM EST
    ...W. Bush proves to be yet again.  See, Path To Power.

    The five-member FERC board can only have three members from the same political party, and in 2006 the board contained three Republicans. Trying to staff the board vacancies, President George W. Bush asked Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) for a recommendation. Reid picked Wellinghoff, who was a registered independent. Bush nominated Wellinghoff to hold a Democratic position on the board, filling a post that would run through June 2008; the Senate re-confirmed Wellinghoff in December 2007 to a five-year term that expires in June 2013.

    Jesus H Christ!  Dubya had Dingy Harry do his vetting for him?  There's the fuggin problem with moderates right there.  They aren't worth a damn and they open doors for disasters down the road.

    But the president is responsible for choosing the board's chairman.

    And, to everyone's surprise...

    In 2009, Obama asked Wellinghoff to serve as the interim chair at the FERC while the president considered other candidates. In March 2009, Obama chose to remove the interim label from Wellinghoff's title.

    Well, no sh!t.  Chairman SoetorObama at Gummint Motors is trying to peddle his crappy plug-in Volts to the sheeple.  Who else would ObaMao want running a Jimmah Carter created 'independent' gummint agency regulating energy other than the dipsh!t EcoTard that wrote the plan for useless plug-in cars.

    Fuggin' disgusting.

    • :D by quigonjames, 12/30/2010 08:48:52 PM EST (none / 0)
    Well I hope (none / 0) (#2)
    by LookingforReagan on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 05:55:34 PM EST
    To hell that nobody thinks they can depend on Congressman Upton. The linquini spined little RINO rat that decided that incandesent light bulbs were bad for the planet. He is a boob, dumb as a post. Why Cry baby Boehner decided to appoint that incompetent idgit to anything is beyond me. It doesn't fill me with a warm and fuzzy feeling for the future when I see what the Big Bawl Baby is doing with Chairmanships. To tell you the truth I get more information and action from Thad McCotters office then I do from my own Congressman. I live in the 6th District clear on the other side of the state from Thad. At least McCotters people are polite and professional when you call. Not like the intolerent whining little bed wetters that Upton employes. We really need to make a concerted effort to be rid of Reddy Freddy. He has worn out his welcome. We don't need him any longer. He can't be counted on and is unreliable as hell. He should have been defeated in the last election cycle. We must make sure it happens in the next.

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    by Rougman on Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 01:53:06 PM EST
    Barack Obama, January 2008:  
    "When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, you know, under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
    The state of Michigan in the past year has jettisoned private industry plans to build a clean coal electricity generating plant in Rogers City (primarily with the argument that the power was not needed) while Consumers Energy has indefinitely delayed their own plans for a state-approved plant near Bay City due in part to the state's snuffing out of the Rogers City plant.

    And yet, in the absence of these plants, we will forever import inefficiently generated electricity over a thousand miles of prairie at a ridiculous premium just because Jennifer Granholm said we don't need the local power and because Barack Obama feels a need for electricity prices to skyrocket.

    Chickens roosting and all that.

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