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27 Dec
2010

3 electric utilities buck national rate

Although consumers nationwide are being zapped this year by an average 6.5 percent increase in the cost of electricity, in at least three areas of the country, electric bills are shrinking: This month north and central California residents will be paying Pacific Gas Electric 20 to 25 percent less per kilowatt hour than they did 18 months ago. High interest rates for construction loans and high construction costs for new plants more than offset the advantage.However, by minimizing construction costs, initiating effective load management programs, and introducing innovative renewable energy programs, the three utility companies were able to pass on lower fuel costs to consumers.Ron Ruthkowski, spokesman for Pacific Gas Electric, attributed the lower costs to the unusually good ”winter snow pack and rains” contributing more ”free” hydroelectric power to the energy mix.PG has the most diverse electric generating capacity in the United States, drawing on a total of nine sources, including geothermal, waste heat co generation, and solar voltaic.Cheap Jerseys from china After the Diablo nuclear plant and Helms hydro plants come on line, events scheduled for this year, no new conventional energy plants are planned for the next 10 years only small alternative energy projects.Large new plants are not needed now because estimates indicate electricity use will decline. The recession, reduced population growth, and conservation have lowered earlier predictions of 7 percent annual growth down to 3.5 percent.PG has signed contracts with small energy producers that harness winds; co generation waste heat; and geothermal, solar, and hydro power for a potential total of 1,246 megawatts of electricity the equivalent of at least two large nuclear power plants annually. California energy tax credits for small energy producers encourage the growth of this infant industry, the PG spokesman said.In New Jersey, Atlantic Electric’s policy of putting off construction costs has held costs down, according to spokesman William Elliot.Companies like Atlantic Electric that have less financial obligation for plants currently under construction are in better shape than others, according to Kirk Willison, a spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, a trade association for the industry. With higher construction costs and interest rates forcing higher capital costs in 1980 82, many electric companies were locked into paying much more than anticipated for excess capacity. In the 1960s, each kilowatt hour added by building was less expensive than the previous one; now it is more expensive.To keep a lid on peak summer demand and thereby avoid the need for new plants , Atlantic has instituted a series of programs, including consumer rebates ranging from $20 to $500 for purchase of energy efficient air conditioners, solar water heaters, and wind generators. James O’Donnell, spokesman for New England Electric Systems, which serves consumers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, attributes its rate reduction to a 1979 decision to convert six oil burning plants to coal instead of building a nuclear power plant in Rhode Island. This reduced its energy mix from 78 percent oil in 1979 to 20 percent today and allowed a fuel cost savings of $45 million in 1982.For example, the Brayton Point plant in Somerset, Mass., is one of the largest coal conversion projects in the country. The plant replaces 11 million barrels of oil with 2.7 million tons of coal annually.

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18 Dec
2010

Wow, Blenheim Ginger Ale Fans! That’s all we can say about the tremendous response we have been getting to last months online store opening. Thank you so much for all the messages and orders. We made the hdmi extenders store available around 3:00am Eastern Time and by 6:00am we had our first order. A night owl from California grabbed up the first factory direct shipment of spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale bottles.

From then on, the orders for Old #3 Hot, #5 Not as Hot and #9 Diet have been coming in steady and strong. A test email newsletter went out to 10% of our email subscribers. About 60% of you opened and read our letter, over 3 times the national average. To read more about the online store, be sure to check out last month’s blog for the full story. And please realize we are a small boutique family run ginger ale company. We don’t crank out thousands of bottles every day, but rest assured you get the best quality ginger ale on the market. Besides, if you want it quick but bland you wouldn’t be looking for Blenheim Ginger Ale anyway right?

We always love to hear feedback from our fans and customers. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a quick hello, a new recipe idea or long love letter about your passion for Blenheim. We welcome them all. One of our biggest requests has been for more products featuring the Blenheim Ginger Ale name and logo. We have a few things in the works and hope to announce them very soon. Make sure you stay turned to the blog through our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook page for all the latest developments on Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale.

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