Members of the Okalhoma City Sponsoring Committee rise as their representative reads a statement opposing OGE's requested rate hike.
It was stupid of OG&E to apply for a rate hike they were not entitled to because it brought it to our attention that they are trying to stick us with smart boards we don’t want, which will put all the meter readers out of work and will allow them to charge us 15 times as much during “peak times”.
Lori Spencer wrote:
“Austin implemented ‘smart meters’ a few years ago and it hasn’t worked out so well for us. Higher bills, actual meter readings are a thing of the past (meter readers will soon be an endangered species), unexpected cuts to electric power on extremely hot days when the system is overstressed, and instant shut off if you’re late with your bill. … even if you pay the past-due bill in full, it takes 8-24 hours to restore your service. Restoration should be the touch of a button…but it’s not. Don’t fall for this trap, my Okie friends! Once you get the smart meters in, you can’t get `em out!!”
OG&E’s CEO is a guy named Peter B. Delaney. He was an investment banker on Wall Street for 15 years before taking this “position”. OG&E pays him $5.5 million per annum. (That’s our money, folks!) They pay the members of their board of directors about $100,000 a year each, and if they stay for ten years, they get it for life.
Pete Delaney is one of those guys who can talk for an hour and “sound intelligent” and never actually say anything. You won’t ever hear him say that, once they get these smart boards installed, they will be firing thousands of loyal employees who have no prospects of finding another job on American soil. Pete Delaney will never tell you that OG&E has coal-fired power plants and no intention of adding the stack scrubbers that would reduce emissions. Pete Delaney will not tell you all the drawbacks of having a smart meter. He won’t tell you that it will be like having big brother in your house, 24-7, and they are planning to charge you 15 times as much for energy during “peak times”. And what if criminals do hack in and get hold of this data? They will know your habits. They will know that you are always out on Wednesday nights, or whenever? Great time to break in, huh?
The lawyer for the Attorney General says that OG&E has no legal authority to ask for this rate hike. But it gives the citizens a chance to speak up!
I was shocked to see that there are only two females and one identifiable racial minority on OG&E’s executive committee which consists of 18 professionals. It strikes me as odd that Mr. Delaney is so brilliant that he deserves to make $5.5 million per annum, yet he has failed to make sure that the company’s affirmative action policy was followed as to upper management.
CEO/investment banker Pete Delaney does not want to invest money in stack scrubbers to reduce the emissions at their coal mines. Do you seriously think he is worried about the peons at the bottoms of the hierarchy?
Why would OG&E hire a Wall Street investment banker with no apparent ties to Oklahoma to run their company? They made that decision for the good of the stockholders, and in total disregard for the good of the average working-class Oklahoman.
If you are a professional with nobody at home all day, you can program your smart meter to turn down the thermostat while you are at work – during peak times – and you will save a little money. But if you are a senior citizen or a person with a disability or a parent with young kids at home, you will probably be at home most of the time, you will be paying 15 times as much during the day, on week days. So OG&E has designed a system that, again, helps the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Any customer of OG&E can go to the Jim Thorpe Building (third floor) in Oklahoma City, any week day this month and speak at the hearings. You call the Corporation Commission first to make sure hearings are in session at (405) 522-2100. If you need to ask questions directly to OG&E, you can call one of their lawyers at (405) 553-3658.
If you really want to see what a slick guy Peter Delaney is, watch this video, and try to catch him saying anything meaningful:
Article about Oklahoma’s oldest coal-powered plants.