The Dallas Morning News
On consumers’ shoulders
Re: “Texas gets a power scare — On mild April day, unexpected demand triggers emergency,” Wednesday news story.
I don’t know a lot about the Texas electricity system, but I do understand that the power companies’ recommendation to reduce consumption during extreme temperature periods to avoid a collapse of the system means that the burden is put on the consumers, not the suppliers.
To suggest we take off for the ballpark or amusement park in 100-degree (or 80-degree in April) heat is an insult to the public’s intelligence and to their pockets.
Deregulation gave Texas the buyer-beware system of having to review multiple plans and renew contracts every one to two years or be victims of the suppliers’ putting customers on a variable rate plan of the company’s choosing.
Clean air, water and electricity are fundamental public needs. The public deserves reliable, consistent access to these resources.
Martha Durst, Richardson