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To Whom It May Concern,

On April 12th, 2007 Mr. Roberto Young, Chairman, PUC
appeared on the Channel 5 newscast and invited members
of the public to comment on the application submitted
by BEL for a rebalance of rates.

I reviewed a 12 page document available on the PUC
website ( The tables and schedules were
quite difficult to understand by a lay person such as
myself as little in the way of explanatory notes are
provided. Nevertheless, I made an attempt and offer
the following comments for your consideration.

While the newscast indicated that the proposed charges
are supposed to translate to reduced bills for most
consumers, based on my understanding of Schedule 4
with respects to residential tariffs (again, without
the benefit of explanatory notes), I found that the
proposed rates would result in a 3% increase for lower
end energy consuming residential costumers and a 2%
increase for the higher end consuming residential

The documents did not indicate what the average
consumption of a residential costumer is, but assuming
one refrigerator, three 60 watt light bulbs, two floor
fans, a 75 watt 19" television, and a radio or other
small appliance, and using average energy consumption
of these items that I gleaned off the Internet, I
estimated this to be somewhere in the neighborhood of
300Kwh. Doing the math, I calculated that the average
monthly residential bill for household with these
appliances would increase from $132.00 per month to
$135.50 per month or an increase of 3%.

Meanwhile, residential consumers who have more
electrical appliances such as clothes dryers, air
conditioning units, ceiling fans, and who therefore
consume more energy will experience a 2% increase in
their bill because the increase in proposed tariff is
weighted more on the first 50Kwh of consumption ($0.06
increase) and less on the consumption above 200 Kwh
($.01 increase).

I encourage you to examine this rate structure and to
consider modifying it such that the increase is
shifted more towards the higher end users who consume
more energy (are less energy efficient) and who can
most likely afford an increase, or if they can't
afford the increase, or at least have more flexibility
in adjusting their rate of consumption by, for
example, turning off their air conditioners and using
a fan, or unplugging the extra refrigerator or
television set.

Please consider a rate structure that will promote
more efficient and sustainable energy use among
residential consumers by shifting the increase more
toward higher end residential consumers and away from
basic or lower end consumers. For example, a $0.02
increase at all levels along with replacement of the
$10 service charge with $5 flat rate would result in
reduced bills for consumers who keep their consumption
levels below 200Kwh, 1% increase for consumers who use
300 Kwh per month, and gradually increase up to 4% for
residential consumers who use up to 2,500 Kwh per