I need a new electric company. But there seems to be only one really sheisty one here in Daytona, FL. Am I doomed to pay their extortion?
I've had Florida Power and Light (FPL) at my tiny office for almost a year. I've paid them a deposit at the beginning of the deal, and their rates on time for 11 months, but they recently billed me for an additional 200 dollars after a "six month review" of my perfect record. They've told me that I have no choice but to pay this additional "deposit" or my electricity will be shut off, even though I've never even been close to late and they've been drawing my bills directly from my checking account the whole time I've used them. I asked them what grounds they have to demand another deposit from me and why they are accusing a perfect customer of potential theft, but they tell me that it's just business and that I should stop using the word "steal".
In searching for alternatives, I've been told by others that power companies don't overlap service, and that if I'm serviced by FPL, that's the be all end all. I found the website of Progress Energy, which looked like it would do,
(I'm just south of where the red meets blue on the east coast) but their very short operator told me the coverage map on their website was wrong. Progress was the only thing close I could find with ze Google.
Is there an alternative to Florida Power and Light in Volusia County, FL, or anywhere else? If not, why? Am I doomed to pay this fee "in case I decide to steal 4-6 months of electricity" to the smirking dogs that are FPL, even if I've already paid a deposit? Is there a way I can cram it down their throats, metaphysically speaking (j/k)?