The PUC enjoys ‘Dickering’ they just don’t like giving West River residents very good rates (H/T – Badlands Blue)

Gary, do you know what it means to ‘Dicker’?

The 20 percent rate was Black Hills Power’s “best offer,” said Kyle White, vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs for the utility’s parent company, Black Hills Corp.

“Your job is not to negotiate,” White said to Hanson. “It’s to decide whether or not we’ve made a good offer.”

“I beg to differ,” Hanson replied, arguing that it’s his responsibility to “negotiate and dicker” and make sure rates are not unfair to the utility’s customers.

It means to negotiate, but the term is probably derived from ‘dicking around’. Well, kinda looks like Black Hills Power is doing just that, dicking their customers and dicking the PUC. Nice work commissioners. Do us all a favor, and do your job for once and stop dicking us around.



3 comments ↓

#1 John2 on 03.11.10 at 12:49 am

Dustbin Johnson and his PUC handmaidens need to find the unemployment line at the next election.

The next legislature needs to fix this with the most liberal reverse net-metering law in the nation and laws that foster the free market for electrical consumers. Consumers should be able to contract for the lowest rates and provider.

#2 l3wis on 03.11.10 at 5:10 am

Oh, but John, Coal is so cheap and affordable, we need to keep it! It is only a 20% rate increase! Give me a break. We live in one of the windiest states in the nation and we are getting our electricity from dirty coal in Wyoming. Talk about getting dicked!

#3 Angry Guy on 03.11.10 at 7:30 am

I looked it up last night, and ‘dicker’ is most likely derived from the latin decuria (a set of ten) when trading as a means of currency measure.
Or maybe he meant this kind of dicker.
It increased my rate by at LEAST 20%
(here comes Sy with a classy comment… in 5…4…3…2…1…
I know… I’m trolling…..