Sunday, 30 August 2009 11:49
Cooler-than-normal temperatures are
keeping South Dakotans' power bills down this summer, and falling
natural gas prices could mean more good news this winter.
NorthWestern Energy says natural gas prices have come down to
affordable levels, and the company has about 75 percent of it
purchased or contracted for the winter.
NorthWestern spokesman Tom Glanzer says prices are looking to be
about 20 percent cheaper than last year.
This summer's mild weather has prompted residents to keep their
air conditioners off.
Glanzer says NorthWestern customers in the state used 20,000
less megawatts of electricity in July 2009 compared to July 2008.