Wrong-minded GRU agenda

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:20 a.m.
After reading The Sun's article on Jan. 17 regarding the selection of a new GRU general manager, I would ask the following question of the Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee: Why is it the utility's responsibility to encourage consumers to conserve? Aren't the overall benefits of electricity conservation (lower bills, reduced emissions, reduced need for a new power plant) so starkly obvious that concerned GRU customers would be doing all they could anyway?
Since the need for a new power plant has been in the news for a number of years now, I'd be curious to know if GRU has noticed any reduction in demand from existing residential customers. If Gainesville is as "green" and environmentally concerned as it touts itself to be, then disclosure of this kind of information might help guide the new manager as to the residents' desires.
If, on the other hand, demand has shown a steady and predictable increase over the recent period of controversy, I would suggest that Rob Brinkman and the others on the committee are following an agenda that is at odds with those they claim to represent, and perhaps continuing to allow them their amplified participation in the selection process is not in Gainesville's best interest.
Kurt F. Merritt, Cross Creek

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