I just got off the 'phone with my electricity provider. I was looking at my
bill and computing I was paying 12.5 cents/kwh, I inquired as to why I
shouldn't switch to another provider, some offering power as low as 9.5
cents. He explained.
I was actually paying 8.8 cents (!) but the various add-on fees (which other
providers would have also) drove up the final price. These add-on fees
consisted of a delivery charge by another company, sales tax,
Spanish-American War tax, infrastructure recovery fees, and assorted
He did find me another plan that dropped the overall rate, though.
Point is, don't fall for the "basic energy charge" quote compared to the
I've found that fussing about your bill to almost anybody will usually
result in a price reduction.