from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that pays rates: utility ratepayers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who pays for utility service
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who pays rates or taxes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is assessed and pays a rate or local tax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who pays local rates (especially a householder)
As for everyone having solar panels on their roof, selling excess power back to "the system", keep in mind that the power system is set up to distrubute power from a few big generating stations to you, the "ratepayer".
The independents on the council are in the old-fashioned "ratepayer" =independent Tory mold.
“Stephen Ward, chief of staff for Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N. M, said Wednesday that lawmakers fear a ratepayer backlash” if carbon pollution is capped, telling “a room full of alternative-energy financiers at the Lazard Capital Markets Alternative Energy Investor Summit” that he foresees “a more modest bill” than Waxman-Markey coming from the Senate.
Further, if BWW decided to sell McCall's they would realize the gain and what was once public property would no longer benefit that public except for the $3-4 credit to the ratepayer ledger from BWW.
This does not reduce the actual cost; it just transfers it to the general taxpayer or ratepayer.
Our country's history with wind power consists of grand promises from politicians, huge investments of taxpayer dollars, ratepayer sacrifice and embarrassingly underwhelming returns.
So in theory at least, risks would be transferred from the utility to the ratepayer with utilities at least guaranteed to break even.
But Xcel threw a rock in the road for that too, by announcing the same day that it "would use ratepayer funds wisely" and immediately reduce solar rebates by 15 percent, with papers filed at the PUC for further reductions down to 25 cents per watt.
The intent this year was to not only make the wind incentive work for the Washington wind industry, but to make it work for the Washington taxpayer and ratepayer as well.
A decades-old promise to dispose of the waste has become another unfunded liability, starting with a $25 billion ratepayer fund gone astray and $16 billion or more in estimated legal judgments to compensate utilities for their storage expenses.