Pfff... doesn't want a Starbucks. That guy doesn't realize Joe's coffee is actually Mississippi River water.
Students take out loans to pay higher tuition and then tuition rises because schools know students can take out loans to pay. And then students take out loans to pay higher tuition and then tuition rises because schools know students can take out loans to pay. And then students take out loans to pay higher tuition and then tuition rises because schools know students can take out loans to pay...
Two years in a row MLGW had the lowest residential rates of 50 comparable utility companies.
Looks like you had a great thing going where you used to live... Maybe they'll take you back...
"They've never proven themselves to be efficient and trustworthy."
I guess providing electricity, gas, and water 365 days a year doesn't count toward that in your mind...
Mia S Kite
Smart meters certainly caused the termination of the seven meter readers who falsified meter readings effecting more than 3,000 customers last September (15,000 falsified readings by one meter reader, 15,000!!!). This does not happen with smart meters.
MLGW has stated that meter reader jobs have a very high turnover and would be phased out over time, i.e. no layoffs.
How many jobs will be created by the installation of those smart meters over 5 years? Numbers haven't been released, but MLGW states that 75% of them must come from the Memphis/Shelby Co. area. I'd bet these are better paying jobs than meter reader jobs in that they require a higher skill level than walking and reading.
The infrastructure will not crumble if these are not installed, but this is the way the world is going. It's not unreasonable to think TVA (MLGWs power provider) could one day decide consumers of the power they provide have to be on the smart grid.
I enjoy healthy debate, especially with those that can craft a well thought out argument. Disagreements happen. Unfortunately, the members on this committee are, at best, spewing half-truths and misdirecting the conversation, and at worst talking out of their asses on subjects they know nothing about. Proponents of inefficiency will always be nutcases in my book.
Yes, it's a lot of money. So is the $31 million in operating costs it will save MLGW per year. This isn't just some idea that popped into a random head down at MLGW. Meetings were had, numbers were crunched. The project makes (dollars and) sense.
These are not lean times. Memphis has bounced back from the recession. Overton Square, Crosstown, $500 million in planned investment in the South Main area downtown, national brands moving to Memphis (IKEA, H&M, Cheesecake Factory), hell even Germantown is completely redoing Saddle Creek... None of that happens in "recessionary times".
The city budget is a problem, but it's not MLGWs problem, and it's certainly not as big of a problem as it was a few years ago.
How are they nutcases... maybe that's the wrong term... woefully uninformed... is that better?
(my response in parentheses)
-“What I’m saying is, that’s a lot of revenue to spend in recessionary times that we’re living in."
(we haven't been in a recession since 2009)
"The economy is at an all-time bleak."
(false. inflation low, GDP growing over the past 5 years)
"There is no revenue floating"
(I don't even know what this means. I'll assume it means he thinks MLGW can't afford it, but MLGW is healthy financially with AA+ and AAA bond ratings)
"We got plenty of citizens here in the city of Memphis that’s unemployed."
(Well finally, a sentence with some truth. BUT... I guess we'll overlook that MLGW announced 28 hires for infrastructure improvements in the budget last November.)
"Worst of all, MLGW has the power to control your heat and water."
News flash: MLGW already controls your heat and water. Don't believe me? Try not paying your bill for a few months. Same result.
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