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|Well now it appears that the fools back here will almost double the price of electricity... it already jumped when the compnaies went public and started selling in each others' areas...
don't know how it is planned over there, but here they allow consumers to select their power providers... for an example someone in Helsinki could pay for aero power produced in Lapland... OK the Helsinki customer pays the Lapland company per kWh that they assumedly sell him, and the local company still bills them for transfer... and, what the Helsinki guy doesn't necessarily understand, is that he doesn't get what he pays for, but is likely to get mostly something produced in a nuclear or fossilic plant, possibly in another country... because whether bought from abroad, or produced at a domestic station, it's all fed to a nation-wide network, and consumed first come first serve.
There was a time when the Republic owned the the mail and telephone company entirely, and the majority of the larger power companies... and there was even some law about government owned companies, that such companies that sell to individuals may not collect remarkable markup over their own costs... of course they collected some markup, and added taxes, which of course is sort of markup, but power didn't cost nearly as much as now... Now the mail company is individualized, they're jacking up their prices all the time, their service is going worse and worse... the telecommunication business luckily now has good competition and the prices are at bearable levels... but power is going to jack up 70% or more by 2008... that can't be because it would suddenly be that much more expensive to produce.
Nay, the big company bosses just want more markup, just like with the petroleum stuff... why the hell did gasoline prices go DOWN here when the barrel of raw oil in the US was in an all time high? No, it's nothing to do with how much it costs to produce, it's all about how much the bosses want.
Last edited on Mon Aug 13th, 2007 06:19 pm by Keinokuorma
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