I’ve been doing a little online wandering since getting back from our early morning walk.
First I noted a Seattle Times story on electricity prices, and learned the city is served by a public power company, City Light. That’s public as in “part of the city government,” not public as in “publicly traded corporation.”
It’s interesting to read through the history of City Light, now more than a century old, and wonder whether Hawaii–or at least Honolulu–would be a different place if our power grid had been developed by a public entity with public investment rather than left in control of a corporate monopoly.
I couldn’t help noticing one little item:
Seattle City Light has been lighting up lives in the city we serve since 1910, but our roots go back to the very beginnings of electricity. The light bulb was just seven years old in 1886 when the Seattle Electric Light Company launched the first incandescent lighting system west of the Rockies.
For the next 13 years, Seattle was served by a variety of “neighborhood electric companies,” since the direct current then in use could be transmitted only short distances. New alternating current technology soon made it possible to serve larger areas and by 1900 the small, competing companies were consolidated into the Seattle Electric Company. Rates were 20 cents per kilowatt-hour— six times Seattle’s current residential rate.
Can that be true? Perhaps it was written a while back and not updated? Honestly, I couldn’t make heads or tails of the rate info provided by City Light. Perhaps you can figure out what basic rate Seattle area residents are paying.
While thinking about “what if”, I stumbled over the budget proposal developed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Highlights can be found here and here.
So, while checking things progressive, I found the progressive agenda developed through a series of community discussions by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the legislative agenda of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group. It’s always interesting to see what other progressive groups have on their agendas.
And speaking of progressives, anybody know why the Progressive Democrats of Hawaii Blog went off a cliff in January and hasn’t been updated since?