WASHINGTON – One area utility says its customers should expect higher-than- expected bills in August, even if they had protracted outages.
July had 19 days with higher than 90 degree temperatures and three days over 100 degrees. June had 12 days over 90 degrees and one over 100 degrees. As a result, BGE’s more than 650,000 customers should expect to shell out more than usual for their bills.
In some cases, the power required for cooling these kinds of temperatures can be twice as high than normal.
“Although electric commodity prices are down nearly 25 percent since 2009, increased energy usage during extreme weather can significantly affect customers’ energy bills,” says Jeannette M. Mills, BGE vice president and chief customer officer, according to a release.
“Some customers may have experienced a multi-day outage from the derecho,” she says. “And while customers do not pay for energy they do not use — such as during an extended outage — those customers may still see a higher-than-normal bill as a result of the significant number of days in July with extreme temperatures.”
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