“ I have a vacant house which is used occasionally for visitors, and therefore I like to keep the utilities connected. However, for over a year there has been no usage of electricity, and I pay a minimum fee-until last month, when I received a bill for double the usual amount.
I contacted TXU via e-mail, and they agreed that I had used no electricity but said that the charges were for Transportation and Delivery from ONCOR.
Now, if I decide to change electric companies, I shall be charged a humongous cutoff fee, even though I've been with TXU for over 30 years.
So I've a choice of paying double the 'vacation' fee, or paying for cutoff fee, which would cover the 'vacation' fee for about 3-4 years.
There's something wrong here. The cutoff fees are so exhorbitant that they interfere with free enterprise.
On top of that, looking at various electric companies, I find that in the main the supplier is ONCOR for most of them, so I'm apt to get into the same problem even if I do switch. ”
— Anita McMurtrie
September 3rd, 2011