----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 12:23 PM
Subject: DEAR METER READERS
I got one of those same letters in the mail. It was a 'Dear .............'
letter. For the past two months, CenterPoint Energy has attempted to read
your meter. As a result, your gas usage has been estimated. In accordance
with our General Rules and Regulations for Gas Service you must provide
access to our gas meters at all times for inspections, reading and testing.
Refusal to allow access to your gas meter can result in disconnection of
your natural gas service. ...then they go on to tell me how much i would
have to pay to get it turned back on, and then under that, they tell you how
you can fix this (i did not know it was broken), they then tell you about
your options, one of which is to buy a (ERT) remote read device, for
$180.00. or I can pay to relocate my meter. ...
DEAR CENTERPOINT ENERGY METER READERS,
MY METER HAS BEEN IN THE SAME PLACE FOR OVER 50 YEARS, of which you have
been reading. i have lived here all my life, it was my grandparents
homestead. we have no dogs, and you have been opening the gate all this
time (WE DID NOT PUT METER ON THIS SIDE OF FENCE, you did). SO, what's
changed ? Probably just more greed with the utilities. they want to do away
with meter readers with a more sophisticated meter, that will do away with
the meter readers (they claim), and they want the consumer to pay for it.
what a racket, and the utilities commission is about as broke and bought off
as the insurance regulators, tx-dot, and everything else. wouldn't it be
nice if the consumer could do the same and pass the cost of a new central
air and heat back to the electric and gas companies. where's justice, wheres
the utility commission $$$