I say apparently, because no one ever responded to my entreaty to tell me I was wrong. Or if they did, I didn’t see it. In any event, Chuck did a little parallel research and found that billing of the first 1,000 KwH is constant – the rate doesn’t vary based on how much total electricity you use in a billing cycle. That was one of my big complaints. Chuck says three LE officials have told him this, and his math seems to check out. I’m not sure why someone from the city didn’t respond and say no, that’s not right, when I first wrote about it speculatively. I was hoping to use that post to clear up issues. I like to use posts to draw people out. It’s more efficient than chasing people down and trading phone calls. Really, I’ll correct/clarify anything I get wrong and call myself a bozo in the process if warranted.
However, this revelation does not change the salient issue of the billing snafu: It is completely unfair to have a graduated, variable rate structure if you cannot guarantee a constant billing period. It is also highly unwise to drop bills on customers without warning that look much larger than they are accustomed to, even if those bills reflect billing at the normal rates. Face the music ahead of time, guys. It’s always better.