said by hitachi369:
Meh, they could just raise whatever the equivalent privilege fee is to recoup any loses. I know I waste 15$ a month to my gas company, just to be connected, for the 3$ in gas I use every month in the summer. Who knows how much I am wasting already to my power company that are completely unavoidable.
Perhaps if they built in the charges to have you connected into the amount you use, like employee benefits, pipe maintenance, on-call service folks, etc. Would it still be wasted?