I recently found out our electric company has a really disturbing that is apparently legal. I'm curious as to rather this is all power companies or just this area. About 6 years ago the area had a terrible ice storm. It took out power in the entire area for at a week and some places up to 2 weeks. I recently found out that the reason the electric bills were not as low as people expected was because while the power was out every one of the customers had to pay a daily fee so that the electric company didn't lose TOO MUCH money. Mind you, no one could go to work. The town was completely shut down. So while everybody is losing money because the electric company isn't getting the power back on quicker, everybody was still having to pay for the electricity they were not getting. .. Because the electric company still wanted to make money off a service they were failing to provide. I apologize if I didn't explain the situation clearly enough. I get flustered when I'm filled to the brim with anger and disgust. It is evidently completely legal, but I don't know if it's legal on the county, state, or federal level.