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The state Public Service Commission met in Baton Rouge Wednesday (July 16, 2008) to grapple with the fuel adjustment charge.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission says that natural gas is how electricity is generated and with the market of natural gas rising, that drives the fuel adjustment charge up. Michael Twomey with Entergy says they don control Michael Kors Crossbody Uk the rates. "We pay for that natural gas and then that price we pay gets passed directly to customer. We don make any profit on natural gas. The customer pays exactly what we pay," he says. Yet, with natural gas prices rising nearly 108% since September 2007, the commission is already worrying about the winter season. "What can we do? I not trying to put blame on anybody. I understand the gas market is the gas market. I just don want to have my head in the sand and holler, 'Uh oh! when it happens," Campbell says.
It now has everyone talking, but it a topic that used to never make a peep. Some say they never even looked at their fuel adjustment charge. "We are getting calls. Everybody is talking about fuel adjustment, which is higher than the rate," says Commissioner Foster Campbell. "Actually, our last bill, the fuel adjustment was higher than the actual usage," says Judy Collins. Well, if you didn notice your fuel adjustment charge before, chances are good that you notice it now. The charge has more than doubled from last year. "It just jumped dramatically. It was like $700 for two months. It just crazy. It almost as much as our house note," Collins says.
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At this point, electric companies say they can control the market, but you can control your usage. Natural gas companies, like Atmos Energy, on the other hand, say what they can control, they are adjusting. "We are cutting back on our charities. We hate to do that, but we are providing more funding to our share the wealth program. We are trying to help those in need to do what we can there."
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