Letter: Iowa’s energy lesson

Published: 5/20/2018 12:01:01 AM

I recently visited family in Iowa, and my son told me about their energy costs there. They pay a regular monthly amount that is adjusted at the end of the year, up or down as needed. My son’s family of five pays $147 per month for electricity, heat/air conditioning. By the way, Iowa has colder winters and hotter summers than we have here in New Hampshire. Air conditioning is considered more of a necessity than a luxury.

I asked how they can keep their costs so much lower than New England. A few things play into that. One is that they deal with only one energy company that covers electricity and natural gas costs. The other is that Iowa has embraced solar and wind energy, which makes them less reliable on fossil fuels.

I would feel better served by our regulators of energy if they would explore how other states are handling their energy costs and embrace the better options that are available to us.

Everyone complains about aesthetics of alternative energy sources, as I am sure some did when the first telephone poles were introduced in this country. Does anyone now consider a telephone pole a scourge on the environment or just see them as necessities? Are you more willing to pay $200 to $300 dollars for heat and electricity when our neighbors to the west have found a better way?

JUDITH ACKERSON

Franklin


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