KIUC No New Fees! 12 29-13
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- 1. Be Akamai!www.NoNewFees.org www.SafeMeterKauai.orgBe Smart!
2. We live on Kauai. We expect to pay more for electricity. The National average is 12.54 cents per KWH KIUC charges about 3 times that. Cents per KWH Approximate KIUC rateNational Average Source: http://www.electricchoice.com/electricity-prices-by-state.php 3. To read a meter The industry average is 50 cents. KIUC charges about 20 times that. Cost per meter read$$$Cost In Dollars$$$$$0$Why are we paying $10.27 per month to have a meter read? 4. How many KIUC employees does it take to read 3000 meters? KIUC Claims: One and a half Field Service Reps full time One Field Collection Rep full time 10% of One Managing Engineer And 25% of a SupervisorNo Joke! 5. Mild weather Easy access Close spacing Read up to 1800 meters a day.Average 600 meters per day1800Ice & snow Meters inside homes Rural Read as few as 250 meters a day.18001500Kauai:1200900600300600250no ice & snow, most meters easy access, few miles of road0How many do you think we should be able to read? Sources: http://www.mlgw.com/images/content/files/pdf/HowToReadYourMeter.pdf & Benchmarking Meter Reading Performance 6. Mild weather Easy access Close spacing Read up to 1800 meters a day.Average 600 meters per day1800Kauai: no ice & snow, most meters easy access, few miles of roadIce & snow Meters inside homes Rural Read as few as 250 meters a day.18001500KIUC Claim: 48 Meters a day!120090060030060025048 0KIUC has redefined the meaning of Kauai time. 7. KIUC Claim: Labor to read meters Source: KIUC handout at 12/17/13 board meeting. Field Service RepField Collection RepMeter Readersin g nag er? Ma ine Engp Suso rvi erManagementThis was presented to the PUC: 2.5 meter readers.Now KIUC claims, on their website, to need 3 meter readers! 8. Does KIUC think we can't do simple math? 3 meter readers to read 3000 meters a month means each meter reader reads 1000 a month. With holidays and vacations (that we pay for), say they work 21 days a month. That means each meter reader reads fewer than 48 meters a day. 9. Remember that average of over 600 meters read in a day? Here is a quote from an article about a meter reader on foot in Northern Indiana BEFORE they had meters that can be read from a distance:"This time of year, his trek to read 500 or so natural gas and electric meters per day is often through a foot or more of snow and in temperatures down to 0 degrees. That also means the meter is often shrouded in ice, fence gates are frozen shut, and dogs seem edgier than usual."Ever see snow and ice on Kauai? Source:http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/the-danger-of-being-a-meter-reader/article_e4947cc2-22795ce3-b217-522f2b55b49a.html?print=true&cid=print 10. KIUC's claim: Other Incremental Costs Source: KIUC handout at 12/17/13 board meeting. LineThere are no hardware or software parts to maintain in an Analog Meter.There ARE Smart Meter Hardware Fees and Smart Meter Software Maintenance Fees.How much are these Smart Meter Fees?Aren't we ALL paying these Smart Meter Fees? 11. KIUC's claim: Other Incremental Costs Source: KIUC handout at 12/17/13 board meeting.LineCheck this out: A pallet of 96 Smart Meters is 31 x 46 x 37 tall. Stacked 2 pallets high, A space just over 10' x 15' will hold 3,000 meters!Do you have a corner of your garage you'd like to rent out for $18,800 a year? 12. KIUC Claim: Yearly Costs to Monthly Costs. Source: KIUC handout at 12/17/13 board meeting.Line$10.27 per meter read! The industry average is 50cents per meter read.Does it seem reasonable that Kauai's people should pay 20 times the industry average to have their meters read? 13. Are there proven ways KIUC could cut meter reading costs? Yes! Many other power companies offer some or all of the following options to monthly meter reading visits:1. Post Cards 2. email entry 3. Sending in a picture 4 Online (fully automated) 5. Phone (fully automated) 6. Averaging (KIUC has been doing this for years for some meters read every other month or every 3rd month) 14. KIUC website claim: The staff time required to handle 3,000 individual emails, postcards or photos and input the information... would far exceed the cost of sending out meter readers.Again, some simple math: 3 employees working 21 days a month 8 hours/day X 60 min/hr = 30,240 minutes. 30,240 / 3,000 = 10.08 minutes10 minutes to type a meter reading?Do you believe this? And: phone system and online entry need not take any KIUC employee entry time! 15. KIUC 20 times the industry average!To sum this up: Cost per meter read$$$Cost in Dollar $$$$$0$Best Performers & Industry Average & KIUC 2014 Source: Meter Reading Profiles & Best Practices 2011 Benchmarking Meter Reading PerformanceDoes this seem fair to you? 16. Be Akamai!www.NoNewFees.org www.SafeMeterKauai.orgBe Smart!