A lot can be said of our Federal Government. Like it or not, it does accumulate and catalog lot of useful information. Of particular relevance is this chart which compares the average price each state pays for electricity. Looking directly at the evidence puts a lot of pipe dream precognitions in their proper place.

The first is deregulation. How does deregulation affect the price of electricity. Or as republicans are prone to say, “let the market place determine the rates……..

If you click on the above link you find a map of states regulated and not regulated. Cross referencing deregulation with the price of electricity, shows us some interesting facets. Notice the prices in Indiana and West Virginia, both of which are regulated, versus their neighboring states around them. Indiana pays 8.25 while Illinois (11.05), Michigan (10.76), Ohio (10.36), and Wisconsin (11.07) all pay more. The chart show our neighbor Maryland (13.60) deregulated June 2007, paid 10.56 last year. Across the Mason-Dixon line they are howling like we did last year.

Granted there are some anomalies, Virginia (9.28) is deregulated, whereas North Carolina (9.22) is still regulated. Perhaps because the same utility supplies both states; this inconsistency may explain the discrepancy with the other states.

The states producing the most power from wind. Texas (12.74), California (14.59), Iowa (9.95). Minnesota (9.72) and Washington (7.34) show a fairly wide range in average state costs. Most of the differences can be shown to be due to other factors.

Those states receiving most of their power from natural gas: Connecticut (19.43), Massachusetts (16.49), New Jersey (15.87), Maine (15.10), New Hampshire (14.96). This helps explain the high spikes for Texas and California, which are the first and second largest users of natural gas for electrical generation.

Gas is not cheap. Coal is still the cheapest. Those states burning most of the coal are Texas (12.74), Ohio (10.36), Pennsylvania (11.69), and regulated Indiana (8.25).

Those states along the Columbia River, benefiting from the Columbia Power Associations massive hydro-electric dams, have good rates: Washington (7.34), Oregon (8.33), and Idaho (6.96). This model is most likely the best comparison to the windfarm, since both were combined private and government investments, both have free fuel, and both spread out the investment costs over a long period of time.

So what can we derive from this data? We can see off hand that natural gas is bad. We can derive that deregulation is bad. We can derive that if the cost of coal goes up with carbon tax associated with it, coal will go the way of natural gas, which is be bad. We see through many years of long term investment in hydroelectric power, over a period of time, is good.

From that, we can deduce that wind power, will run in the same vein, a cost effective way to meet our demanding energy needs. For those of you who actually read Blue Water’s letter on September 12th of last month, you too saw that they were willing to hand over electricity at 10.596, guaranteed for the next 25 years!

After all was said and done, at June’s 2007 price of 13.73 that residential Delawarean paid for their electricity, Delmarva would have cleared 3.13 cents off every kilowatt hour, which amounts to a profit markup of 29.52%…….Wow, I wish all my investments performed at rates like that!!

AND THEY WANT MORE?? What’s wrong with “those people”?

I don’t know about you but I’m beginning to think it is time to regulate “those bitches”.