New nuke plants have become quite
the controversial undertaking in San Anto. Not in the upper levels of
CPS, where they elevate at abuelita's secret mole status, a charge to
kill and die for. If not to "lie" for, then at least to withhold every
shred of relevant information, a process that had become -- in the
words of one council member last night as I left the hall with Toxie --
a "shell game." Problem isn't with CPS. It's with
the voters, and the proposal is getting uncomfortably close to City
Council. That bunch actually has to answer to the public -- without the
benefit a multi-million public relations budgets to cloud their tracks.
In what nuke-fighters are counting
as a preliminary victory, CPS agreed to pull the <1% of the
proposed rate hike for nuclear explorations from the equation,
replacing it with an expanded efficiency program.
Efficiency is that free energy
flowing out your shoddy insulation that a large slice of SA can't
afford to restuff; it is the process of trapping wasted
energy that doesn't serve a utility's bottom line (other than saving
them those millions/billions needed for new megaplants).
When the City-owned utility's
press release on this unexpected reversal reached the Current, it just so
happened our pal the Toxic Avenger was milling about the fax machine
waiting for an update from the janitorial union. Seeing the nuclear
reference, he snatched it with his PCB-soaked toadskin and no one here
dared to pull it away. He offers us this
analysis (PR is in black):
Energy has amended the
composition of a proposed increase in electric and natural gas rates
that will amount to approximately 5 percent on customers' monthly bills.
less than 1 percent of the
rate increase earmarked for nuclear development has been shifted to CPS
Energy's expanded energy-efficiency program that includes customer
rebates and incentives for the installation of energy-saving lighting
and equipment as well as solar systems.
incentives for customers have proven to be quite popular," said Aurora
Geis, CPS Energy Board of Trustees chairman, "so much so it's
conceivable our budget will run out before year's end. Reconfiguring
the rate request will provide approximately $10 million a year more for
energy efficiency. Based on our increasing investment in this area, we
will hire a nationally recognized third-party expert this summer to
update projections on the effectiveness of our accelerated
I know your lesionous Milton Lee
is dead on for nuclear. We hear that all the way up in Hoboken. We're
sensative, y'know, cuza that Oyster
Creek nightmare. Thankfully, fear and intellectual
increptiude has soiled the minds and britches of some of your City
Bosses. Rather than see their reputations besmirched as my once ivory
skin they have pushed back hard on the utility for some (soot-free)
My toxic-fighting comrades tell
me there is a mayoral swap being negotiated and a
statewide Nuclear Phil campaign would be bad timing... both
for for your seated Treehugger and for those clinging desperately to
his knees for anointing.
The unexpected tho "conceivable" run on current renewable
dollars is a sadistic statement. Of course, power eaters have long been
rattling for their liberation from power titans. Could it be efficiency
and renewable programs were as underfunded as my own beauty budget? Ah, but a Third Party
assessment of efficiency potential... didn't that
happen a few years back already?
change in the rate request
also will give CPS Energy, its Board and the company's regulatory
authority – the San Antonio City Council – more
time to review a soon-to-be-completed cost estimate before having to
make a decision this fall on possibly adding two new generating units
at the South Texas Project (STP) nuclear power plant near Bay City.
eyes in CPS know
they can't hide behind Jersey's NRG energy figures. $7 billion is jes
laughable, punk. You know the big money houses have set the mark at
nearly $20 billion. You sure the mob isn't roosting on this deal?
didn't have to alert any of this supposed "regulatory authority," your
elected Council, that they have already been spending the $216 million
their board approved for supposed mischaracterized "site reviews" and
design schemes. In the toxic slums, we know such ante monies are
typically spent on lawyers and lobbyists jetting into Washington and
Nuclear Regulatory Commission antchambers for preferential treatments.
Any of your folks
bothered to ask how this money is being spent or why?
Who runs which, right?
City Council is expected to
consider the rate increase Thursday, May 15. Revenue from the 5 percent
increase will help pay for capital improvements to meet the long-term
energy needs of a growing Greater San Antonio.
Not defining Greater San
Huh. How much power is passing into other counties to fatten the
coffers? They won't tell you, you say? Sensitive competitive
information they plead to the Texas Attorney General, I know. Begging
he let 'em keep their secrets. Now, silly question, but how can it be
competitive if city power doesn't flow into deregulated ERCOT lands?
Phil Hardberger, a member
of the CPS Energy Board of Trustees, said, "The CPS Energy proposal
takes the nuclear component out of the rate increase. I think this is a
good move, and I am very happy about it. Of course, nuclear will remain
as one of the options for the future energy needs for this community."
Slick man. I like'm. Damage
control from the man who voted up nukes, saying he wasn't "100 percent"
on his decision and to ask him again "in 2025." But the
Phil. It was the same doublespeak that landed me in those mutant
We remember this stuff. We watch closely.
from STP satisfies approximately one-third of Greater San Antonio's
needs at a cost significantly lower than other fuel sources.
accommodate the shift in the
makeup of the rate increase, CPS Energy will rely on currently
available capital improvement funds to pay its nuclear development
obligations. These include the filing of a combined construction and
operation license application for STP Units 3 and 4 with the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, refining a construction plan/cost estimate and
reserving manufacturing slots for large equipment/components that have
long lead times.
loud gluttenous hack.) Council? We don't need no
from the electric rate
increase will help pay for the following major initiatives to serve CPS
construction of a large coal-fired generating unit at Calaveras Lake
and the installation of natural gas-fired peaking units at Braunig Lake
to produce affordable electricity;
commitments to the community and region including $500 million in
emissions-control upgrades to existing power plants;
boost in customer rebates and incentives from $96 million over a
four-year-period to approximately $136 million over four years as part
of CPS Energy's more-aggressive energy-efficiency program; and
electrical infrastructure such as substations and power lines.
Then the Avenger skips
down the increasingly slimy sheet. There is
Master Milton Lee humanized through the deft endenturing of the
starched shirts and skirts of CPS public relations...
haven't had to request many
rate increases during the past two decades because of growth throughout
our community and sound financial management," said Milton Lee, CPS
Energy general manager and CEO. "We truly wish we didn't have to
request an increase in rates now because of tougher economic
conditions, however we have made large financial commitments as part of
our Strategic Energy Plan to satisfy our growing community's energy
needs for the long run. We continue to add approximately 1,000
customers every month, and we're experiencing significant price
increases in steel, concrete and other commodities necessary to
complete capital construction projects."
Lee noted that the recommended
increases are not about operations and maintenance expenses, although
CPS Energy has made a concerted effort to control costs. For example,
through attrition and productivity improvements, the company has
reduced its work force from 4,300 to 3,800 over the past five years.
"CPS Energy wants to do its part
to stay abreast of the community's need for reliable, affordable
energy," Lee said. "Small gas and electric rate increases will help
make that possible. It also will enable us to continue offering the
lowest energy bills of any major city in Texas or the U. S."
out of work? Now
that's efficiency. Wait til my union buddies get a load of this guy.
Breaks your heart to
raise rates? Or is it the intrusion of these elected regulators and
ya takin' us,
I sat in the
shadows last night. I heard the public fears about these new
you desire as much as they distrust your math skills an' trustfullness.
Jes' wait till I get the crew together on this one. The Toxic Crusaders
have been aching for a good free-for-all.
(Back to Current
staffer.) You got a smoke, Mac? I'm really groovin' on
those American Spirits.