Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Utility's Lament

While I was working with the power company, I found that we all watched the weather -- not just to see if a hurricane or a winter storm was going to disrupt our weekend plans, but longer-term, if the mild weather was going to cut into the expected revenues from air conditioning and heaters. It's been so unseasonably warm this winter, I sketched out this doggerel ... and now that we have a prediction of winter precipitation of the wrong kind today, I thought I'd better go ahead and post before it's overtaken by events ...


Oh, the weather outside's displeasing
'Cause it's hardly got to freezing
And we've got to make the meters go --
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

When the weatherman says there's ice,
Oh, we hate going out in the storm
But a little snow would be nice
People stay home and stay warm!

But our profit will be declining
If the sun continues shining
And the PSC persists with "No" --
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

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