TVA Green Power Switch – Illegal donations?
August 24, 2013
In the spring issue of Green Power Switch news, the editor pleads for electricity customers to lean on power company employees to promote the Green Power Switch program. Is that ethical?
Clearly, the GPS program immediately should be abolished to stop the fraud it has placed on TVA customers/ratepayers. And to ask them to further the fraud is itself a fraud I believe.
You be the judge:
TVA encourages the purchase of imaginary electricity at a madeup price for “blocks” of imaginary electricity
- Misrepresenting that these “blocks” of imaginary electricity somehow inures to the customers’ benefit
- That, in effect, TVA has devised a way to fool a small number of people into buying these “blocks” of imaginary electricity for what customers may think goes only for “green energy”
- TVA refuses to fully account for all of the monies received through the Green Power Switch program
- The GPS funds received by TVA only fractionally help subsidize TVA’s larger subsidized programs such as the Green Power Providers
- The Green Power Switch program is abetted, perhaps unwittingly, by a 3rd party certifier that the GPS program is in fact “green”
- TVA’s Office of the Inspector General, through a small survey about the GPS but will not revel its substance; the OIG remains the reporting contact with the 3rd party “green” certifier
The sum and subsistence of the GPS program since the year 2000 has been fradulently to misrepresent a voluntary program to subsidize TVA itself. The GPS funds from TVA customers properly should be classified as donations, not as purchases but of course, that would be illegal.
Induced through cajoling “green” aspiring TVA customers into the donations, TVA has continued to foster this fraud by claiming they are selling something (actually nothing) for money. This money properly should be refunded to those ratepayers. The donations should be declared income tax deductible. This places TVA, a federal government agency, in the awkward position of illegally asking for money through the ruse of selling imaginary electricity, or at least recognizing the GPS donations for what they are, donations.
This fraudlent act of selling “nothing” for “something” by TVA should be prosecuted to the fullest extent; in addition, a complete refund of GPS money should be offered to all who have been fraudlently induced into the program.
“Purchase” or donation? You decide.