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Saturday, March 21, 2009

FPL's attitude towards its customers

cartoon

Harry Emilio Gottlieb sent in this cartoon which sort of sums up the
whole FPL powerline ordeal.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Jobie said...

Underground cost hundreds of millions, above head cost a few million to install as the status quo------are we prepared to foot the cost of underground?

March 21, 2009 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overhead power polls and wires diminish the natural beauty (that remains) of our community. Pretty soon you won’t be able to see the sky or the trees for all the polls and wires surrounding us. We lose power and have to spend days or weeks to replace wires that are damaged with each severe hurricane season. Isn’t it better in the long-run to invest in our future by installing new power lines bellow ground and slowly retrofitting old power lines underground when roads are being improved. Couldn’t these improvements be part of the stimulus efforts to improve our infrastructure and economy? Harry

March 22, 2009 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not? We're willing to pay for a needless underground tunnel to the port and a spankin new Marlins stadium... seems people in Miami are far more concerned with aesthetics over logic, and are willing to pay.

March 22, 2009 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have coral rock and a shallow aquifer. I imagine those two aspects cause millions more in installation (rock) and maintenance (deterioration) costs. As waters rise in the world, in my opinion this is a poor long-term investment.

I pray that stimulus money goes to wise investments that improve safety and well-being for all, rather than preserving "natural beauty" in the few communities that are organized enough to be the squeaky wheels.

March 23, 2009 9:17 AM  
Anonymous that guy said...

Jobie and others: why would we foot the cost? these aren't our lines, and they will not be providing power to us. The point of these high tension lines is to transport power from TP to North Florida and beyond. FPL wants to expand beyond Florida's borders, and ruin florida in doing so. All at great expense to us, and at huge profits to them.

And for the record, we are footing the bill for either way this project goes. Who else pays $450 and up a month most of the year?

March 24, 2009 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Jobie Steppe said...

Agreed that Guy. I just thought since the Grape printed it and people were discussing it on the Grove Grape, going down U.S. # 1 just South of the Grove----somehow us homeowers must have to pay something for so many people to see this as some negative----like everyone discussing Home Depot years ago, I can block the poles from my mind even while driving next to them, there are worse things to ponder, besides, maybe some eagles would nest in the high environment. Wouldn't bother my family at all if we eventually had to eat from a Bar-be-q and tote our own water.

March 24, 2009 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Jobie Steppe said...

That guy, in defense of myself. Isn't it true that utilities are guaranteed a certain profit margin by law so that share holders are then guaranteed a certain return? And if so, would it not also be true that anyone who receives a bill from FP&L have to pay their fair share?

March 24, 2009 1:05 PM  
Anonymous that guy said...

Jobie, I think I misspoke somewhat and you misunderstood me. My point was that these lines aren't be proposed to help south Florida, or even central florida, but rather to simplify FPLs grid and allow it to send energy to NoFla and beyond through one major line. And yes, it would be done at our expense in many ways. As is everything this government sponsored monopoly does.

The only competition is to produce your own energy. Homeowners, I emplore you to look at your solar options. I promise they've gotten substantially cheaper since you last checked, and the tax benefits are great. Even better suited are condo associations (I know, empty units, not enough funds, but what if you could provide something in return for those fees??). Clean Power, it's simpler than you imagine.

March 24, 2009 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FPL is making improvements to help with customer reliability. Complain all you want, but when you're power is back on (or if it never goes out) after the next major storm then you can thank FPL for that.

Despite what THAT GUY may have to say these improvements will benefit everyone.

March 26, 2009 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fresh water pipes, sewer lines and optic cable are all placed underground for safety.
So why are archaic telephone polls still being used by FPL and ATT?

March 28, 2009 12:56 AM  

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