What happens when a public utility gets approval from politicians to spend money? They do it, a lot of it. The result is record profits for public utilities.
Peoples Gas’ net income increased over 20% to $81.3 million. This was at a time when gas deliveries were down. They moved less gas to consumers.
So, how do you make more money and move less gas?
Through surcharges. Politicians approved costs that DO NOT have to be reviewed and approved by the Illinois Utility Regulatory Commission. These surcharges were approved in 2013 as a way to expedite repairs. However, Peoples has utilized this law to increase charges while maximizing revenue. Peoples’ parent company WEC Energy boosted its dividend payment by 7% this year.
Illinois legislators should review this law and amend it so rate payers do NOT continue to enrich corporations, which in-turn enriches politicians.
Insight into Peoples’ massive gas project can be reviewed: https://realgyenergyservices.com/state-orders-new-probe-of-massive-peoples-gas-project/
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