Join me in writing to the Corporation Commissioners:
Bob Anthony, Chair
Dana Murphy, Vice-Chair
Todd Hiett, Commissioner
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
P.O. Box 52000
OKC, OK 73152
OG&E has applied to retrofit a coal-fired plant with “scrubbers” (cost: $500 Million).
OG&E wants to raise customers’ monthly rates to pay the $500 Million.
OG&E has wasted 10 years fighting the EPA to delay retrofitting coal-fired facilities.
Meanwhile, OG&E has increased dividends payed to stock-holders every year for 12 years (profits that they could have used to build scrubbers)
Now they want customers to pay for their bad management decisions.
COAL IS DIRTY – – AND “CLEAN COAL” IS A MYTH
The world must get off coal for its contribution of carbon dioxide, CO2, to atmospheric warming & climate change, and sulfur dioxide, SO2, that causes asthma and lung disease. Coal mining, including strip mining and mountaintop removal, is an environmental disaster.
NATURAL GAS PIPE LEAKAGE – now under investigation, is proving to render the use of Natural Gas (methane) as bad as, or worse than coal. Pipe leaks anywhere along the thousands of miles between gas wells and domestic or commercial customers release methane directly into the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas 60 times more detrimental than CO2 in causing global warming and climate change.
WE MUST SPEED THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR & WIND ELECTRICAL GENERATION.
PROPOSED SURCHARGE TO CUSTOMERS INSTALLING SOLAR & WIND PRODUCTION:
OG&E naturally wants to levy this unwarranted and punishing surcharge on rate-payers who install Solar and Wind electricity production equipment.
THIS MUST NOT BE APPROVED, BECAUSE …
RATE-PAYERS ALREADY PAY A BASIC FEE FOR CONNECTION to the grid, whether or not they buy electricity. There should be no additional fee for solar and wind energy electricity produced domestically or commercially.
Such fees curtail installation of solar panels and wind turbines.
Solar and Wind development is NEEDED to reverse global warming & climate change.