Xcel customers asked to pay part of execs' jet commute costs

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 6:08 AM

The almost weekly trips, which cost $4,600 per hour, raise questions about what the utility charges ratepayers.

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g5thistimeMar. 15, 1210:23 PM

These employees are salary so it does not matter if they have to wait for 1 hour at the airport. Talk about a fleecing of America.

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wesley173Mar. 15, 1210:28 PM

"Two executives for Xcel Energy regularly commute by corporate jet from their homes in Colorado to the utility's Minneapolis headquarters, and ratepayers are being asked to pay part of the tab."

"Regulators in Colorado have questioned the 268 round-trip commutes, typically one per week, that the unidentified Xcel executives have taken since 2009. They traveled on the company's leased Learjets, which cost $4,600 per flight hour to operate, regulatory filings say.

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So what? That is business. I love how the Stribe ignores all the pork barrel spending by our politicians, city, county, state and federal.

Xcel keeps my lights on, power for my TV, fridge, TV, computer and allows me to work from home, among many other things. What has your government done for you lately, other than, increase the national debt, reduce your rights and trample on the Constitution?

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jcinmnMar. 15, 1210:59 PM

wesley173 - "So what? That is business." This is bad business! This corporation is given a virtual monopoly by the State of Minnesota. Do you see any other companies supplying electrical energy to your community? Do you see any offers from another company for a better electrical rate if you buy from them? That's a monopoly. In return they have to answer to the State of Minnesota any time they want to raise your electrical rate. Instead of your sarcasm you should be thankful that someone is looking after your best interest. It certainly isn't corporate America and it certainly isn't Xcel. Your blowing smoke about pork barrel politics doesn't change the fact that Xcel is trying to pull something over on their customers and the CO PUC and the MN PUC are calling them on it

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boshkMar. 15, 1211:01 PM

nobody pays for my commute...

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jcinmnMar. 15, 1211:02 PM

"Two executives for Xcel Energy regularly commute by corporate jet from their homes in Colorado ". Question #1 - Why hire someone from Colorado to work in Minnesota? Isn't there anyone else in Minnesota qualified to do the job? Question #2 - Is this caused by consolidating offices and downsizing after the merger?

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Lifeguard06Mar. 15, 1211:06 PM

why not get a picture of xcel's lear because there is no reason for Xcel to have their lear registered in Great Britain.

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wesley173Mar. 15, 1211:33 PM

jcinmn

This corporation is given a virtual monopoly by the State of Minnesota.

True. Another problem with government. They create these monopolies.

Do you see any other companies supplying electrical energy to your community?

Yes. I have three options in my city.

Do you see any offers from another company for a better electrical rate if you buy from them? That's a monopoly.

I never said I used Xcel. In fact, I do not because I get a better rate from a competitor. Therefore, clearly they do not have a monopoly.

In return they have to answer to the State of Minnesota any time they want to raise your electrical rate.

True

Instead of your sarcasm you should be thankful that someone is looking after your best interest.

Wrong. I am far more concerned about government waste and excess. I am taxed nearly on every transaction at the city, county, state and federal level. Listen, I promise you, if you had to write a check every month to the state of Minnesota and the federal government for taxes, you would be so much more viligent in their waste and excess, and more importantly, they would be much more prudent with your money. However, because you have been conditioned with it taken from your check, it is a different story.

It certainly isn't corporate America and it certainly isn't Xcel. Your blowing smoke about pork barrel politics doesn't change the fact that Xcel is trying to pull something over on their customers and the CO PUC and the MN PUC are calling them on it.

I am not blowing smoke. I am pointing out something very important. You will turn a blind eye to government waste, yet chastise big energy for any largess. The largess in the private sector pales in comparison to that in government.

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babee01Mar. 15, 1211:41 PM

What I don't understand is why these Exec's can't live in Minnesota? If they are going to work here they should at least live here. It actually should be a law. I shouldn't have to pay for them to get on fancy jets and I can't afford to get on a regular airplane, shoot for that matter I struggle to pay Xcel as it is...

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wesley173Mar. 15, 1211:51 PM

babee01

What I don't understand is why these Exec's can't live in Minnesota?

Perhaps they are the best qualified?!

If they are going to work here they should at least live here. It actually should be a law.

Really? Why? What is your rationale? You realize that transportation costs are a business write off, so in essence, you are not paying for their commute. Even if you were paying for it, you pay for (Temporary) Resident Jimmy CarterBama to jet set around in a 747 (Airforce One) and Marine 1 on a regular basis. I promise, his transportation costs far exceed the costs of these execs. Then, consider the costs for the other 535 Reps. and Senators for their travel back and forth between their home state and DC. Yikes!

I shouldn't have to pay for them to get on fancy jets and I can't afford to get on a regular airplane, shoot for that matter I struggle to pay Xcel as it is...

Then get a better paying job, or change careers that will allow you and your family to "get on a regular airplane." Why is it that liberals want everyone to be equal? Nothing in life is equal (or fair).

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MurlzMar. 16, 1212:00 AM

jc re: Question #1 - Why hire someone from Colorado to work in Minnesota? Isn't there anyone else in Minnesota qualified to do the job? Question #2 - Is this caused by consolidating offices and downsizing after the merger?

Obviously they believe they have the best qualified, more knowledgeable persons in the appropriate positions. I will go out on a limb here, but I think they are in a better position to evaluate that question that are you.

If I were you, I would be more concerned about how our government is restricting our access to our natural resources, which if allowed to access, and develop, would result in lower energy costs.

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