Monopolies never last forever. In 1970 no one would have seen the demise of
AT&T in land-lines and long-distance calling. Xerox, Kodak, IBM and
Microsoft were all so dominant in their markets that hardly anyone could see
competition eating away at their profits. Even the US Post Office with a
government enforced monopoly of 1st class mail delivery has become a has
been.... only delivering registered mail, flyers and expensive wedding
invitations. Email and paperless billing, private overnight delivery and the
fax machine/scanner have undermined its control in the marketplace. It might
take another generation but power monopolies will or should be split up into
separate distribution and production entities to keep them competitive with more
efficient delivery systems.
Yup. The GOP rules Idaho. And this is right in keeping with GOP environmental
Why should Idaho Power be forced to buy electricity or anything else they
don't want or need? If these people want to sell their electricity, sell it
to someone who wants it! Want to run your own electrical company go for it but
you can not force people to buy what you produce! Right out of the Democrat
party's playbook; force people do buy things they don't want or need,
including birth control pills and abortions for other people! After all, we are
all to stupid to be free to buy what we want, cause big government knows
what's best for its hapless subjects!
Competition for big money will not be tolerated!
Power and gas companies are protected "monopolies". They have little
competition because the government grants them the right to dominate their area.
IF people receive government "credits" for installing any energy source
that reduces our reliance on foreign energy suppliers, then those protected
"mononpolies" MUST be required to buy the excess energy produced by
those people at a rate that is at least as high as they pay any other supplier
of that energy.We are not a socialist nation, yet we allow some
companies special options and special benefits with a substantial cost to the
consumer. Unless all forms of enery are deregulated and all companies which
provide energy are allowed full access to their customers, then the only fair
thing to do is to require that those companies protected by the government from
competition MUST buy excess energy from ANY source at prevailiing rates.
Maybe they can try this going forward but all who are currently hooked up and
have a working agreement should keep what they have.FEDERAL regs will come
if Idaho Power pushes this one and it won't be in their favor.