RE: Xcel trouble

EDITOR: Two nights ago we had a power outage in my area that lasted from 9 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. This was the hottest night of the year, so far. I called Xcel the next morning for an explanation. The young lady I talked to (somewhere in Texas or Minnesota) stated that there had been an overload. My daughter who lives a few blocks from me apparently did not have an overload because her power was not interrupted. About a week ago I lost my electricity for three hours early in the morning. Since the new summer rates were installed a couple of years ago, my electric bill has doubled, even though we have cut our usage by about 30 percent. I can no longer keep my back yard lighted to keep the skunks and raccoons away. I use my air conditioning sparingly because the cost is prohibitive. I have lived in Aurora for 60 years and this is the first time I had a power outage that lasted all night. I told my 79-year-old wife that we are going to have to put up an outside clothesline to dry clothes as we will not be able to afford the electric dryer much longer. Now she is talking about divorce. I have come to one conclusion: I cannot afford Bill Ritter’s clean energy economy. When we relied on coal for the majority of our electricity, senior citizens could afford to be comfortable and use their air conditioning and heat their houses to a comfortable level. Those days are fading. When Al Gore lost the 2000 race for president I guess he decided to get revenge and embarked on his global warming crusade and neither the country nor Colorado will be the same, now Bill Ritter has joined him.

James Berg


  • Ndrew

    James Berg has made a bunch of mistakes in his accusatory letter.  First, Bill Ritter is not the governor anymore.  Second, the second tier rates from Xcel are about 40% higher, not 100% higher, when you look at the bottom line of the bill.  Third, the majority (over two-thirds) of our power is, was, and will continue to be from coal for many more years.  Coal is not clean energy.  The cost of electricity has increased because the cost of coal has increased, and there is a shift from coal to natural gas, which burns cleanly but is still more expensive than coal and would be much more expensive if fracking were limited.  The reason that we should look seriously at shifting more of our energy supplies to clean energy sources like solar and wind is that the inputs to those are renewable and free.  Fossil fuels are limited, and limited resources get more and more expensive as they are used up.  That’s the law of supply and demand.  If you want cheaper energy that does not get more expensive, you should look at solar power – if you have a good roof for solar and qualify for a lease, you can save money immediately and increasingly with no investment necessary.

    • gofastgo

      Talk about an agenda, ‘wind and solar’, ‘global warming’ ‘only 40% higher’   Tell the truth.  The reason the rates are high are ‘wind and solar’ dictates from the government, the EPA and other environmental groups.

      ‘no investment necessary’  What in the world does that mean?  That’s an out and out lie, it’s the tome of the left, the liberal EPA, even with all the Billions of dollars on ‘wind and solar’ investments by our government (*read Solyndra and many others) neither are viable, and very expensive.

      ‘if you own and can qualify’ which only means more government intervention.  You can have BIG government, I’ll have mine plain, thank you.

  • gofastgo

    I”ve experienced the very same scenario James, a big boondoggle. 

    How do you like the explanation from the EPA supporter listed below?  These people see no evil, hear no evil, but they speak plenty of evil.

    ‘no investment necessary’  Sounds like ‘free electricity’, well, give a solar company a call and see how much this ‘free, no investment’ solar panel deal costs, you’ll find out plenty, even using their skewed projections.

  • theQ

    LOL….just keep voting those criminals in….maybe they can get your electric bill higher than your house payment.

  • theQ

    OVERLOAD?? they are overloaded with incompetence……overload my as_.