Utilities are government-enforced monopolies. The sham of "public service commissions" holding hearings on rate increase "requests" is transparently absurd. And community organizers are in cahoots with utilities, basically using utilities to enroll people in government assistance programs. I worked at a local utility company for a few months in 2009, in the customer service call center. Many, many of those calls related to referring customers to a community "action" agency, so they could get all manner of government subsidies and the like to help with their utility bills.