We need a champion, is anyone out there?

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

Clearly Erie County residents are interested in the issue of what is being done so the "average Joe" can afford to heat their home this winter. One hundred and sixty people attended the public forum Sept. 8, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future - Part II."

Although there are baby steps being taken to move us in the right direction (Senate Bill 221) requiring the use of more renewable energy as a state and implementing provisions for improved conservation, this bill itself provides too little for our current condition. In some respects SB221 is detrimental to affordability.

(BLOGGER'S SIDE NOTE: Please attend Ohio Consumers Counsel public forum at 6:00 p.m September 23, Sandusky Firelands Association of Realtors' Hall, 2710 Campbell Street, Sandusky for a more complete understanding of SB 221. (www.pickocc.org) hear about comparisons between proposed regulated rates and how the market will help achieve the lowest costs of the two options for consumers. Also, you'll learn how those ideas were not written into the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's staff's draft rules and how the potential for higher electric rates threatens the affordability of service for low- and middle-income households)

Tim Brown, Director of Social Services at the Erie-Huron CAC announced that a 55 million dollar cut in heating subsidies is taking place for Ohioans living within 150 percent to 175 percent of the federal poverty guideline. To put that in practical terms,  a household of one with a gross annual income ranging from $15,600 to $18,200 a year will get very little in terms of heating assistance between November 2008 and April 2009.

Subsidies work in the short term and it's easy to understand low-income households, especially older people and the disabled, need the intervention of a heating subsidy. But the long-term subsidies only prop up the price of home heating, feeding the business side and gouging the consumer side. Ultimately the answer is to move off of our reliance of First Energy, Columbia Gas and associated suppliers of propane and fuel oil. The good news is we can, if we have a champion willing to take up this platform.

The panelists and an audience member at the forum explained that they already have innovations that would make us less reliant on the our home heating businesses mentioned above. There is a new urban windmill that is ready for market and can generate electricity for commercial and industrial uses, hence, allowing businesses to be free of First Energy for its electric needs. The innovation is called the "WindCube" and is designed to be used in an urban setting. A residential "WindCube" is in the making.

Another innovation is "in process" which uses a residential-size greenhouse with a few solar panels as a generator of heat. The heat that is collected is then stored in the homeowner's back yard in an underground mass of concrete that is hyper insulated. The heat can be pumped off of this thermal mass and brought into the home with a heat pump. And it can be done on demand. No natural gas, propane or fuel oil required. Just enough electricity to run the heat pump. An audience member spoke of the amount of energy that is currently available in our landfill, but politics and bureaucrats are keeping this alternative from becoming mainstream.

The opportunities exist to be free of high priced home heating fuel. The only thing missing is a champion. Someone in a position of power and influence (or will be in a position of power and influence — remember this is an election year). Someone who understands the difference between spending and investing. Someone who has the political courage to grab this bull (also known as the politicians and bureaucrats) by the horns and fight it!

My questions is this, is anyone out there?

Comments

Anonymous

You know Paul Lynde was from Ohio, and yes he too was *ay. Not that there is anything wrong with it,

Rick Studer

I just love kissing myself all over in the morning. Don't you love me too? I'm soooo wonderful.

Anonymous

To Re Sues Blog

If you will wear the mask and will be tied on the cart like Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs”, I would like to take you on a date…

Gulliver

Just a reminder that on Sept. 23rd Sandusky Firelands Association of Realtors' Hall, 2710 Campbell Street, Sandusky for a more complete understanding what'g going on with Ohio's new electric policy. It's not ALL good for consumers (www.pickocc.org)

Also, there is a meeting at Perkins High School Auditorium, October 1st at 6:30pm, again held the the Ohio Consumers Counsel. This meeting is specifically to explain the electric rate increase scheduled for 2009 and what we can do as consumers to fight it. Acccording to the newsletter put out by the OCC - First Energy customers can expect at least an 11.86% increase in the aver residential customers' total electric bill over 3 years (2009 - 2011). PLEAES ATTEND BOTH MEETINGS. Information is POWER! -- sUE

Anonymous

Sue Daugherty wrote:

'This meeting is specifically to explain the electric rate increase scheduled for 2009 and what we can do as consumers to fight it.'

Sure Sue, we can fight a rate increase. But we continue to refuse to pay the true costs of what we actually consume. Where does the slight-of-hand end?

Someday, like putting all purchases on a credit card, the bill eventually comes due.

Anonymous

Put my ideas in place ill be your champion. I propose higher taxes on anyone over the age of 65. Older people pay less bills and have more accumulated income. They insist on using up all the social security so there will be none for the younger generations. They also are the reason for higher healthcare and insurance costs. They should be forced to pay there dues and stop relying on the younger generation to take care of them. They should get off there superior attitude that they think they can get away with anything just because they are old. Yes put me in charge Ill be your champion and get things straight and the way they should be. P.S. thanks for the support Dale and all you have done for me.

Anonymous

You thrill me Art!

Anonymous

the problem starts with the ones in office we need more congress men and women like´marcy kaptur along with Ron paul, Jesse venture, Dennis kucinich, and Alex jones. America has been hyjacked by the private banks. It does not matter if obama and or macain is in office "If ur made to pick the lesser of two evils, ur still picking evil."
Remember people the difference bewteen the two (dem & rep) is just the name. The ones that control them is the federal reserve "there is nothing federal about the reserve it is made up of four private banks (google)" and now the coorprations (corporatism). Listen people u are all in a world of trouble if u don't wake up and start reacting, reading, stand up for ur rights, and to start learning to what is really going on in american. If you want the truth I have plenty of all u have to do is ask.
thereandback08@hotmail.com
kritter

Anonymous

Does anyone think that the elected officials of erie county, has any focused plan to grow our economy? It seems day after day, we here about agencies, and elected official doing there own thing and not working together.
we need a focused plan that both goverment in perkins, and sandusky will work. we are losing jobs, so that means we are losing people to the surrounding city's like toledo and cleveland.
I believe this is the time for the city of sandusky and perkins township to come together.
We are losing jobs left and right, that means people, are moving away for better oppertunities elsewhere. We are not educating our children. that means even if we got new industry no one will want to move here and put there children in our schools.
We need a mayor. We need a leader to stand up on a bully pulpit and help our community focus on the goals that have to be accomplished to help everyone in our community.

Anonymous

If you're looking for a hero, I recommend a heroine - Cynthia McKinney. She is the black woman running for president that the media ignores. They are frightened of former Congresswoman McKinney because in Congress she did right and stood up to that Neocon-Nazi George Bush. Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party candidate for President. She's knows things are a mess and she knows who is responsible - both Democrats and Republicans. www.CynthiaMckinney.com

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