I just received this odd letter from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. telling me that because I receive power from the Modesto Irrigation District, and because PG&E miscalculated its potential customers in Oakdale, it will be able to charge me $9 to make up for costs associated with not having those anticipated customers. It seems the state Public Utilities Commission concurs. Oh, by the way, they are going to make retroactive back to the day I bought my home (2005).
It seems that PG&E might take a look at its planning department instead of trying to get the money from a homeowner that had nothing to do with the choice of electricity provider.
This worries me: I answered a questionnaire for General Motors last year indicating I would buy a new car this year; unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, I won't be. Is GM going to send me a bill because it planned that unit in its budget?
These are tight financial times and even though $9 a month seems small, every little bit is needed.