I was examining my outrageous $530 dollar Entergy bill for the month of August in order to understand just how they are justifying such exorbitant charges. Let's take a look at the bill:
So I used 4129 kWh this month. Entergy's rate for that is about $0.06/hour which comes out to $275.53. That rate is actually not that bad in comparison to other rates nationwide.
But then you look at the highlighted line item: Energy Charge. What is the Energy Charge if I'm already paying by the kWh? Here's what it says on their website:
The energy charge covers the cost of operating and maintaining Entergy’s system. For electricity, this includes the cost of power plants and power lines. To calculate the electric energy charge, multiply the total number of kilowatt hours (kWh) used during the monthly billing period by the current rate per kWh. For gas customers, the energy charge is based on the amount of gas you used recorded in CCF (100 cubic feet). To calculate the gas energy charge, multiply the total number of CCF used during the monthly billing period by the current rate per CCF
What the fuck? I'm being billed to maintain Entergy's infrastructure? So can Cox suddenly add on an extra surcharge to maintain all their trucks and lines in the city which would essentially doubles people's bills?
The charge is "maintaining Entergy's system"....so what is the damn fuel adjustment charge for....that doesn't "maintain Entergy's system"? Unless they're referring to their "other system"...otherwise known as extortion.
Also notice that the explanation above says: To calculate the electric energy charge, multiply the total number of kilowatt hours (kWh) used during the monthly billing period by the current rate per kWh.
What rate? Where is the rate? Who decides that rate? That rate isn't listed anywhere on the bill. It can't be the Fuel Adjustment rate...the numbers don't add up. More importantly....why are we having to pay this bullshit in the first place?
Here's what's happening.... we are being forced to finance a company's infrastructure repairs and expansion...but we are not shareholders....we are just getting raped out of the cash while Entergy's parent company and stockholders are sheilded from the cost or dangers associated with maintaining and growing a private business.
How is this happening? I was told that our City Council unanimously voted to allow this charge to be tacked on after the storm. This is extortion....we are being forced to pay outrageous sums in order to pump capital into this private company and apparently our city council gave them the green light to do it.
Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit.
I would bet we are the only people nationwide who are being billed this way. Here is what a normal Energy bill should look like (from Nashville) click on the picture to blow it up:
Do you see any added charges on there for "Energy Charge"? Of course not.
I show you this bill in specific because the person who sent it to me was a former New Orleans resident. One of the reasons he moved was because of the exorbitant bills from Entergy after the storm. I know at least 4 people (families) who have left the city in the past year and cited their primary reason for leaving was that they couldn't afford their Entergy bills.
We are being raped. Pure and simple.
Here's one thing I want to find out....if anyone out there is an Entergy client from Arkansas or another area....could you let us know if you are being billed this extra line item on your bill?