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JCCUD board says sales picking up after coldest March


JCCUD attorney Tom Baugh, center, swore in Commissioners Robert
Overholt, at left, and Commissioner Craig Kisabeth, right, for new terms
during the board's monthly meeting last Thursday.
Published: 10:58 AM, 04/30/2013 Last updated: 10:58 AM, 04/30/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-While winter stuck around longer than most people expected in March, the Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District Board of Commissioners learned that the number of degree days for March 2013 were higher than in past years. It was the coldest March in over 30 years.

During Thursday's meeting, JCCUD General Manager Tommy Bible presented his monthly report to the board, saying that March was 28.13 percent colder than normal, with 690 degree-days.

"What a difference a year makes," said Bible. "Last year, we had 222 degree-days in March. This year can be comparable to 1981 when we had 685 degree-days."

For March 2013, the number of natural gas customers grew to 7,379. Bible said things are starting to pickup. JCCUD sold 275,149 thousand cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas, as of March compared to March 2012 when 210,672 mcf was sold. For the fiscal year, approximately 2.4 billion bcf was sold, which is slightly higher than the 2012 fiscal year.

According to Bible, peak day deliveries were up, as March 6 was the highest peak day with 13,388 decatherms of natural gas (NG) delivered.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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