Today is an age of “living green”. Everyone is encouraged to do his or her part to save the environment. Residents of Lubbock, Texas need to make sure they do their part, too. One way to “live green” is to conserve energy by changing your consumption of electricity. In some countries, citizens are forced to conserve energy. There are even some places where the government dictates when people can take hot showers! In the land of the free, residents of Lubbock, Texas make their own choice about energy conservation.
If you want to do your part for the environment, there are various ways to save energy. One of the easiest ways is to turn off the lights. Often, people have several lights on in their homes, even in unoccupied rooms. By turning of lights that are not being used, you can save much-needed energy. Watering your lawn in the morning or evening is another way to save water and energy. The cooler morning and evening temperatures prevent the water from evaporating quickly, allowing your lawn to absorb more moisture.
Conserving energy leads to lower electric bills. In Lubbock County Texas there is no choice to choose a competitive electricity company as this area of Texas did not opt into electricity deregulation.
If you want to choose an alternate electricity supplier other than South Plains Electric Cooperative you unfortunately have no choice.
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Global Warming Legislation may raise your Lubbock Texas electric rates
South Plains Electric Coop has taken steps to ask the EPA and federal government to pause their request for electric coops in Texas to meet global warming regulations involving emissions standards and retrofits on power plants, and transmission facilities.
Because electric coops serve a small amount of customers in their specific location they do not have the funds to adhere to expensive government regulations. When EPA regulations require your Lubbock electric coop to fix global warming they are asking the coop to spend millions of dollars to fix something that is still up for debate as to whether it even exists.
A recent news story admits that the research and numbers that produced the research article on global warming done by Al Gore and top scientists that led to his Nobel Peace Prize was way of the mark in regards to the factual data and numbers.
This recent discovery regarding Global Warming muddies the water even further on whether electric coops in Texas really need to spend this kind of money to control CO2 emissions into the air.
If TX electric coops do have to make these CO2 emissions changes it will drastically raise coop electricity rates that do not have the same economies of scale as do TXU Energy and Reliant Energy that have several million customers.
South Plains Electric Cooperative is joining with electric co-ops nationally to ask Congress for a much-needed timeout—a two-year moratorium on EPA regulations of carbon dioxide emissions. The agency’s regulation of power plant emissions under a law never intended for that purpose will certainly add costs to electricity generation and drive your bills higher.
A delay would give Congress the opportunity to fashion climate change legislation that protects you, our members, and keeps electric bills affordable. You can help by contacting your elected representatives in Washington and letting them know the importance of this issue.