|Published: 8:52 AM, 09/13/2012
||Last updated: 8:53 AM, 09/13/2012
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
With the start of fall just days
away, cooler weather may not signal an early frost and gas logs burning in the fireplace.
Reporting to the board of commissioners for the August meeting, General
Manager Tommy Bible said the long range forecast is for above normal temperatures through November.
This follows a warm spring and the hottest summer on record in the US.
However, weather forecasters are saying winter will be colder in East
Tennessee and there will be more precipitation. To get customers ready, Jefferson Cocke County
Utility District has been busy filling propane tanks.
supplies in the US are above last year's levels and five-year high amount which may explain low
natural gas prices, said Bible. He noted that despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac to the Gulf of
Mexico gas and oil wells, prices declined.
Only one day was there a
minor problem with supplies, when Chevron reduced pipeline gas flow to Tennessee. Bible said that
JCCUD was able to make up the difference from its Appalachian region suppliers.
It also helped keep the flow of gas to industrial users because Bush Brothers
was taking plant downtime for maintenance. So rates were "fairly stable" at $1.038 per decatherm
for residential customers and about 41 cents per decatherm for industrial interruptible.
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