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    WOW! what a "give away" First Energy is going to force me to take...er ..give me, 2 compact flourescent bulbs....What am I supposed to do replace the compact flourescent bulbs I already have?

    FirstEnergy to give away 3.75 million low-energy light bulbs By John Funk, The Plain Dealer October 05, 2009,

    FirstEnergy Corp. is getting ready to leave two high-efficiency light bulbs on your doorstep. But they're not a gift.

    The utility will charge average users 60 cents a month extra on their electric bills for the next three years -- $21.60 all together. That covers the cost of the bulbs ($3.50 each), their delivery and the delivery of the power consumers would have used if they didn't have them.

    The good news: These compact fluorescent bulbs will reduce your electricity use. If you replace two 100-watt incandescent bulbs with these 23-watt, warm-white CFLs, you'll save $60 by the time they burn out in five to seven years, according to FirstEnergy.

    And you'll pay for the bulbs whether you use them or not, so it makes sense to use them.

    FirstEnergy is distributing the 3.75 million bulbs to comply in part with an energy law enacted in Ohio last year. The law requires utilities to cut their customers' energy use by 22 percent by 2025. The law also mandates that utilities use solar, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the light bulb distribution and the extra charge on your bill.

    "Energy efficiency enhancements have up-front costs that are paid back over time through savings on your energy bills," FirstEnergy spokeswoman Ellen Raines said Monday. "The savings far outweigh the cost of the program. And we hope customers who have not used CFL bulbs will like them.

    But the company -- and therefore you -- are paying too much for the bulbs, said Ohio Consumers' Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander. A five-pack of similar bulbs costs $13.99 from Ace Hardware's Web site.


    FirstEnergyFirstEnergy Corp. plans to provide nearly 4 million low-energy light bulbs to its residential electricity customers in Ohio.
    FirstEnergy bought Chinese-made bulbs from three distributors including TCP Inc. of Aurora, because it couldn't find any made in the United States. A California company will deliver 3 million of them door-to-door to Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers. The rest will be mailed.

    Passing out the bulbs is not the way to persuade people to use them, Migden-Ostrander said. The company should have given its customers discount coupons and let them shop for the best deal, she said.

    The company's lawyers resisted that, arguing that FirstEnergy had to begin cutting back power deliveries right away to meet the terms of the new law.

    During debates in the Ohio House and Senate, discussion about wind turbines and solar fields got more attention than energy efficiency - but they're part of the same argument: that the nation can't go on using energy as if it were inexhaustible.

    State lawmakers were convinced that Congress would push efficiency mandates and lower emissions from coal-fired power plants.

    That law, now headed for debates in the U.S. Senate, could force the closing of the dirtiest, oldest and smallest power plants, Migden-Ostrander said.

    The choice utilities and society have is whether to spend billions of dollars on new power plants or try to reduce demand and use less electricity.

    FirstEnergy also plans by the end of the year to unveil an on-line home energy audit program. It will allow you to find out - at no charge - how inefficient your electricity use is and what to do about it.

    If you don't own a computer, the company will do it for you over the phone, according to information FirstEnergy filed with the PUCO.

    It will be "free," just like the bulbs are free.

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    Wow! is right...

    This sounds like something that started as a good idea, and then got all screwed up the way only government can screw it up.
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    Very similar to the government's idea for a mileage tax... You buy a car to save money on fuel, which cuts into gas tax revenue, so then they'll plan to tax you on miles to make up for the difference...

    Big business sucks...

    They forecast what their expected revenue/profits will be for any given year, but if customers install better insulation and low-power lighting for energy conservation, they'll fuck you in the end later by raising rates allowing them to meet their profit projections... Granted you'll still use less energy, but they'll be damned to take a financial loss for your changes in use...

    In this case these assholes are forcing you to take low-cost lighting, and then charge you a convenience fee to make up for the difference in savings... fucking sick...
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    no different than the gas companies adding on shit like "delivery fees" when their revenues go down due to people conserving.

    First Energy sucks, and has been sucking for a long time.
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    no different than the gas companies adding on shit like "delivery fees" when their revenues go down due to people conserving.

    First Energy sucks, and has been sucking for a long time.
    there's really no way to conserve in terms of using less and therefore paying less, unless you pull the plug completely...

    I have added insulation, thermopane windows, installed more efficient water heaters, turned down the thermostat, installed more efficient boiler systems and after all that expense I still paid almost $54,000 for utilities last year which was up 3% from the previous year.
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    OH, but First Energy has found ways to cut costs....like failing to do required maintenance on a nuke plant until it nearly melted down.

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    yeah, and we pay for that ineptitude.

    their Perry nuke plant is only slightly better run, and there's a second reactor that was never finished, and will never be finished, yet we subsidize it.
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