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Old 04-08-2016, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by LAMetroArea747626 View Post
SCE power lines and LADWP power lines look very different. You can tell by the look of the pole transformers, look of the insulators on the power poles, look of the risers on the poles, and etc.

Edison's power pole transformers have both the high voltage bushings on the top of the transformers, and LADWP's pole transformers have the high voltage bushings on the sides of the transformers, and there are more differences between the two electric utilities. That's the difference between So Cal Edison's and LADWP's overhead power lines, and that's why So Cal Edison has nicer looking overhead power lines.
Even if SCE took over LAWP area, they are not going to replace any poles or wires until they fail. All you would get is higher energy prices with the same infrastructure.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:46 AM
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You do realize that SCE is FAR more expensive. SCE rate payers are paying for several SCE failurs including the San Onofre decomissining and SCE rates are just plain higher because they sometimes have to go outside their generation to provide electricity, unlike DWP that ALWAYS has surplus electricity to sell. SCE can get you into Tier 4 so fast, you would be begging for DWP to come back to the Valley. Anyway, becasue of state law, your fantasy will NEVER happen because whe the "free market" for electicity was tried, it resulted in rate payers--OUTSIDE of DWP who was exempte because they were a public utiility--getting bills in the thousands per month. Mayor Riordan sold a lot of DWP surplus and wanted to charge a mint for it, but, thankfully, the DWP CEO and board didn't want to take advantage of the situation and sold surplus at fair rates.

FWIW, Burbank and Pasadena each have their own municipal power companies. Any other LA area cites with their own muni, and are those cheaper than SCE, who I belive from my research to be horribly expensive, but our CA PUC let's SCE do pretty much whatever it wants.
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