|To:||Tod Olson - Idaho <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] BPL.... very important point missed|
|From:||Tom Anderson <WW5L@gte.net>|
|Date:||Sat, 10 Jan 2004 14:28:17 -0600|
In Texas, Texas Utilities (the "corporate name" of the old Texas Electric Service Company, Texas Power and Light, and Dallas Power and Light), has both a "winter rate" and a "summer rate". Also TU recently split its meter reading and distribution services into different companies since Texas "deregulated" who you can name as your electric power provider. TU still owns the poles, wires, etc. but a company called "ONCOR" is responsible for reading meters, etc. and they have another company responsible for power generation. Even though you might pay another company for your electricity usage, you still have to call TU, whoever when you power goes out, etc. TU is also the provider of choice, that is if no other utility wants to take your business, TU must take you as a customer. For that "privilege" they can also put you in a pool of customers like the insurance companies' mandatory "assigned risk pool" where the worst drivers can buy auto insurance, but they pay out the nose for it too.
Tom, WW5L Colleyville TX
Tod Olson - Idaho wrote:
My memory is faulty on this, but I seem to recall that in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area the meters were converted to RF reading. It was such a disaster that it was stopped. I believe that they have gone back to manual reading on a periodic basis with a final reading whenever there is a change in ownership.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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