Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Power Surge

Just saw a television commercial at the end of the 10 o'clock news which takes a not so subtle shot at the Governor's recent (and still unfinished) reshuffling of the ICC. In sum, while showing headlines critical of the Governor's actions, the narative tries to lay out the premise that holding down rates will lead us to "California-style" power shortages and failures.

While I don't think that the message is going to resonate with the public (how many people do you know that support paying higher electric bills?), it does send a loud and clear message that the utilities are preparing for battle on this front. With the Governor still mulling over a second replacement, it should be interesting how this plays out.

7 Comments:

At October 4, 2005 at 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Republicans finally get a nominee to run for Governor will that person come out on the side of utility companies for higer rates for consumers.

I think adds like this will do nothing more than to re-enforce that Governor Blagojevich is on the side of, working men and women, consumers.

 
At October 4, 2005 at 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Rod!

 
At October 5, 2005 at 1:03 PM, Blogger Common Sense in Illinois said...

This is gonna get uglier and uglier because the Governor improperly issued a public threat to the commission -- something I don't ever recall happening before, and I've been around SPI for nearly 30 years.

If the Governor wants to pack the commission, he has all the authority he needs to do so, and without all the self-aggrandizing hoopla. However, if what Com-Ed says is true -- that they will file bankruptacy unless they are able to obtain a rate increase (And lets remember, it's been how long since rates were frozen? It's not like we didn't know this day was coming) who will have the financial ability to step in and buy them? And, who would want to unless THEY get to set a higher rate to justify an ROI to their lenders?

Now there's something to speculate about....

By the way, excellant Blog, Representative...

 
At October 6, 2005 at 12:38 AM, Blogger Extreme Wisdom said...

John,

I, for one, am willing to pay the "market price" for power, and unwilling to support any price controls.

I think this way because I'm not a moron. People who support government freezing prices (or any other scheme similar to what Grey Davis did in CA) are morons. (or hopelessly uninformed)

Politicians who try to play the typical "class war" silliness with this do so at their peril.

Sorry to be so blunt, but look where it got Grey Davis? Go Rod, indeed.

I hope he keeps going. Rod is going to spend the next few months showering the left with these types of goodies, and it just may work.

The bill for IL Legislature profligacy will come due in 2008.

 
At October 6, 2005 at 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike extreme wisdom, I want the easy way out.

Fix this for us so I don't have to worry!

 
At October 6, 2005 at 11:51 PM, Blogger respectful said...

The ICC is supposed to be independent. I wonder if A-Rod would threaten to replace supreme courts justices if they didn't rule to his liking?

 
At October 7, 2005 at 7:45 AM, Blogger Bill said...

The ICC has never been independent and probably never will be. Why not have members that represent the citizens' interest for a change instead of being in the pockets of big business and utilities? I'm proud of the Gov's choice and hope he continues the trend with his next choice.

 

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