Sep 282019
 

Since it appears to be all about Jenine who resigned after board rejected her first attempted 17% Rate Increase (which later reappeared as a 25% rate increase), Jenine Windeshausen quit her position as executive director of Pioneer Energy. Yet, she is still there.

In her rampage to win at all costs, she tried three different ways to get her rate increase approved. It is the opinion of this blogger based on research that Jenine has enjoyed the attention she has been getting in local media publications and her grand ideas for new government programs were part of her vision for massive rate hikes at Pioneer Energy.

Here is the current lay of the land. Jenine Windeshausen has been playing games with the agenda, typically waiting until the absolute last minute to post it. If she sticks to her pattern, the agenda for the 10-6-2019 meeting will be posted at about 4PM Friday 10-4-2019.

Here is what the board did after her latest stunt to try and backdoor a massive rate increase:

Instead of paying off the debt by the end of the 2019-2020 Fiscal year. The Board adopted a policy of paying it off by FY 2023.

The board agreed to increase the set aside for a margin account from $6.1MM to $10MM. This is cash kept in a trust account as the electric companies front the electricity and give pioneer a chance to collect monthly bills from ratepayers to pay the companies back. Sometimes due to emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances Pioneer has to pay the utility quickly as they can “Margin Call” the bill. This is what the Margin Account is for.

Lastly, rather than filling a $30MM reserve within a year (Jenine’s demand) they voted to do a ramp up to a $30MM in reserves by 2023.

Jenine was attempting to accomplish all of the above in one year – which was the excuse for the 25% rate increase. There was never a plan to lower rates back down once the goals were met – which buttresses my theory that all the big government ideas Jenine had been getting lauded for in local “Business” publications were in her long term plans at the expense of pioneer’s ratepayers.

A couple of key notes – #1 Supervisor Jim Holmes after voting several times to jack rates through the ceiling, voted for the above policy. #2 The intransigent Lincoln Councilmember Peter Gilbert voiced support for massive rate hikes and then voted with Kirk Uhler and Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson to adopt the above policy. Knowing that the majority of population was voting for the above, the far left Loomis Towncouncilman Jeff Duncan, DTS Colfax Councilmember Kim Douglas and Republican Auburn Councilmember Cheryl Maki could do nothing to force the rate increase to they acquiesced to the above.

WHAT’S ON TAP:

Jenine has to now come up with a rate structure consistent with the above objectives. This means she still has it within her purview to propose rate increases that are far out of line with reality. Since it has been clear that she was enraged by being told no, and that she has attempted no less than three times hence to force through the massive rate increases, it is not outside the realm of possibility that she slips through a ridiculous budget proposal at 4PM on Friday. (With the meeting being in a different location once again in an attempt to minimize public participation)

Do not let off and make sure you plan flexibility in your 10-7-2019 schedule to make sure Peter Gilbert and others on that board keep Jenine in check and adopt a reasonable rate structure.

Aug 052019
 

It has happened. Jenine Windeshausen quit in a huff last week when her 25% rate increase proposal was rejected at a previous meeting. She is the Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector and is also the executive director of Pioneer Energy. In a letter sent to the Auburn Journal last week, she detailed her resignation over the Board’s preliminary vote to reject the massive rate hike.

Today, led by Cheryl Maki – from the Auburn City Council and Jenine Windeshausen who was determined to win the fight for the rate hike, it happened.

Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes voted to hike your electricity bill 25% (he made the motion)

Colfax Councilmember Kim Douglas voted to hike your electricity bill 25% (flipped from no last week, to yes this week)

Loomis Town Councilmember Jeff Duncan voted to hike your electricity bill 25%

Lincoln City Councilmember Peter Gilbert voted to hike your electricity bill 25% (who also flipped from no last week, to yes this week)

as Did Auburn Councilmember Cheryl Maki. (who seconded Holmes’ motion)

For those of you on the outskirts of Lincoln, Loomis and anywhere around Colfax or Auburn has your home insurance cancelled or gone up thousands of dollars? I’ve been dealing with a never-ending nightmare in my insurance business and now these people just hammered you with a massive electrical rate increase on the heels of your insurance skyrocketing!!!

Even more outrageous is that the Board of Pioneer Energy voted for corporate welfare on the backs of the residential customers – handing business customers a 2% rate decrease at the same time!

It was put to me by multiple people at the meeting that the outcome appeared to be scripted. The staff of Pioneer Energy were way too quick and prepared to answer questions they had anticipated. The demeanor and countenance of the rate-hikers indicated they had all been contacted and knew the outcome before it happened. If indeed Jenine Windeshausen “ran a drill”, using her position as executive director to wield influence over members subject to the Brown Act (meaning that more than 2 can not talk outside of a public meeting about an issue) this would be grounds to recall her for a violation of the public trust.

Ripping off residential customers to subsidize rates for business clients is reason enough to recall her.

Be sure to thank Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler and Rocklin Councilmember Greg Janda for standing up and voting no.

The cover story for the consumer ripoff and corporate welfare is “paying off debt”. The debt held by the utility was only at a 3% interest rate and is now being paid for with a 25% rate increase. Only in the minds of government is that “fiscally responsible”, and only if you believe you are entitled to everyone else’s money that is.

Stay tuned to Right on Daily for more on the Pioneer 5, the mavens of corporate welfare that gave away the store on the backs of residential ratepayers…

Aug 012019
 

What a turn of events. At the early June meeting, it looked like Jenine Windeshausen had convinced the board of the local Energy Co-Op Pioneer Energy to take a massive 17% rate increase.

She had packaged it as being 5% less than PG&E’s rates. Of course PG&E is the corrupt, scandal-marred utility that has some of the highest electricity rates in the entire country. Your intrepid blogger has seen articles in local publications that were promoting Jenine as some sort of visionary leader and Jenine herself appears to have been fantasizing about how to create all sorts of new government programs with the expected windfall.

Then the City of Rocklin and Greg Janda stepped in. Janda voted no in June. They then started educating the public about what was happening.

Then Supervisor Kirk Uhler and Jim Holmes (both absent from the June meeting) showed up and started asking questions. The proposed 17% Rate Increase and other smaller proposed rate increases were forestalled until August.

Then the wheels started coming off. Asked to provide data and documentation, the reports and calculations were done using simple math versus weighted averages. In simple terms, if Residential customers (2/3 of the usage) are getting a 20% rate increase and commercial customers are getting a 15% rate increase (1/3) – that is not a 17% overall rate increase. Secondly, tying rates to those of another utility (PG&E) is volitile.

Simple inquiries caused the presentations to break down. Enter the Auburn Journal

Voting in favor of an option that gives residential customers a 17 percent discount to Pacific Gas & Electric rates and a 2 percent overall increase were Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler, Colfax City Councilman Kim Douglass, Rocklin City Councilman Greg Janda and Lincoln City Councilman Peter Gilbert. Voting against the motion were Auburn Mayor Cheryl Maki and Loomis Town Councilman Jeff Duncan. Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes was at the meeting for the first 1 3/4 hours but left well before the vote, saying he had another meeting to attend.

At the August meeting, under the pressure of being asked questions – Jenine Windeshausen brought back three proposals, 1 was inexplicably re-posing the 17% rate increase. 2 Was an 8% increase. 3. The proposal that was adopted. BTW – the Journal got it wrong, most residential customers will get a slight decrease in their rates.

Jenine, under questioning had to admit that the third proposal would still leave the utility with enough money to pay all of its’ bills and be able to pay down its’ debts significantly. The debt paydown was one of the primary reasons she was suggesting the massive 17% rate hike.

Pioneer Energy uses weighted voting. This means that the representative’s votes county by the number of users in their area. Kirk Uhler, representing the county got 100,000 votes. Greg Janda, representing Rocklin, got 60,000 votes (forgive rounding and simplification) – this means that when Kirk moved adoption of plan 3 and Janda Seconded it… that was the ballgame.

Then Jenine quit as CEO of Pioneer Energy the next day. This leads your intrepid blogger to believe that it was all about her and not the best interests of the ratepayers and the utility itself. The resignation was obviously sent to the Auburn Journal and others in an attempt to curry sympathy.

Rather than negotiate and attempt to build a consensus, this is what happened.

Jenine is the Treasurer Tax-Collector of the County of Placer. It appears that we need to recruit an opponent for her as she has been in office 25 years and appears to have been affected adversely by that extremely long tenure in the bowels of government.

Jun 282019
 

Jenine Windeshausen has not had an opponent in at least her last two re-elections. She needs one in 2022. She has been the driving force behind a massive 17% rate hike for Pioneer Energy. The Pioneer Energy Board is Meeting Monday Night to consider this massive Rate Hike.

It gets worse, Windeshausen has talked openly about creating a bunch of new social programs with the “excess revenue”. Perhaps she should run for President on the democratic ticket.

Pioneer Energy was created as an alternative to PG&E. Under Windeshausen’s plan, their rates will surge to within 5% of PG&E. Note – PG&E is consistently among the highest energy rates in the lower 48 states. Please see the deceptively spun presentation Windeshausen presented to the Pioneer Board. She cleverly cloaked a double digit rate increase as a “Discount from PG&E’s Rates”.

The 17% increase would create an additional $16 million surplus in the next 12 months beyond the $12 million surplus that is present. These kinds of proposals come from local government when the lines of fiscal prudence become blurred and group think about programs and functions of government become the first thought.

The City of Rocklin has been the only entity served by Pioneer Energy that has been speaking out about this absurd plan. I moved out of Rocklin almost 100% due to PG&E’s Utility Rates and having 4 Utility Bills, just when Rocklin was seeing some relief from PG&E’s rates, this happens.

Please see their letter opposing the massive 17% rate hike here.

PLEASE NOTE – EVERYONE IN THE FIVE INCORPORATED CITIES IN PLACER WAS MOVED TO PIONEER ENERGY UNLESS THEY SPECIFICALLY OPTED OUT. Note Roseville has it’s own utilities and is not subject to Jenine Windeshausen’s social engineering agenda.

If you are concerned about the massive 17% rate hike that is being pushed by Jenine Windeshausen – please speak up as their are slated to ratify this disaster after public comment at 3pm Monday.

Please note – Neither Jim Holmes nor Kirk Uhler were present for the meeting where Peter Gilbert, Kim Douglass, Jeff Duncan and Cheryl Maki voted to move the 17% rate hike forward. Only Greg Janda voted no.

If you want some say over your ghastly electrical rates – speak up quickly and please be respectful of the people you email.

Board members:

Kirk Uhler, Placer County Supervisor, [email protected] 

Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor, [email protected]

Peter Gilbert, Lincoln City Councilmember, [email protected]

Kim Douglass, Colfax City Councilmember, [email protected]

Jeff Duncan, Loomis City Councilmember, [email protected]

Greg Janda, Rocklin City Councilmember, [email protected]

Cheryl Maki, Auburn Mayor, [email protected]