|Published: 9:36 AM, 03/19/2013
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
After a rather mild February, March turned colder with
snow and ice the first half as weather forecasters had predicted and this has
helped local gas and electric utilities.
However, by springtime, temperatures reached above 70
degees before a mild cold front moved in this week to test freezing
January is normally the best month for utilities but this
was not true in 2013, said Tommy Bible, general manager of Jefferson-Cocke
County Utility District.
January weather usually pushes heating degree-days to
899, which is normal. This year January had 723 degree days, only slightly
colder than the 706 in Jan. 2012.
Gas flow and prices have thus remained low. The peak
January day was 12,959 decatherms compared to the recent records of more than
15,000 decatherms, said Bible. The utility ends its fiscal year on March 31.
For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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