Caution Issued About Upcoming Bills


 Public Service Announcement

 December 27,2016 


 “The cold weather pattern this December has already caused folks to use much more energy than last year,” Jarrod Brackett, FLEC’s General Manager/CEO noted when asked about the impact.  “Folks will see higher electric bills in January…due to the fact that their heating units have ran constantly for several days during December.  At my home, the HVAC unit ran almost constantly due to the colder weather.  I am concerned that folks need to know and expect higher bills.  It is not the way I would like to start a New Year; but, the winter definitely came earlier this year,” Brackett explained.   In December 2015, the daily average temperature was 53 degrees Fahrenheit (F).  This year, the average temperature for December been lower and is predicted to end around 41 degrees F.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released information about the fuel cost for January recently.  TVA noted that the total monthly fuel cost rate for December had increased from November.  The fuel cost rate rose from 2.16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 2.26 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).  This equates out to higher electric rates for the December days billed.  Still, FLEC is encouraged by a drop of the TVA total monthly fuel cost rate for January to 2.14 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).  FLEC just wants folks to understand that they will likely get higher than usual electric bills for their December usage and why!  

Jarrod M. Brackett

General Manager/CEO

Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative

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