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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Your utility bills may be impacted due to the Southern Plains winter storm

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Your utility bills may be impacted due to the Southern Plains winter storm
Your utility bills may be impacted due to the Southern Plains winter storm
Your utility bills may be impacted due to the Southern Plains winter storm

Portions of the southern plains have been experiencing unusually cold weather..... as well as snow and ice.

And the impacts of the wintry weather down south could cause an unwelcomed price hike here in the wabash valley.

Storm team 10's david siple spoke explains how this regional issue could turn into a nationwide concern.

Winter has not been an easy one for us in the wabash valley over the last couple of weeks.

But those in the southern plains, have had it much worse.

"there are friends of mine who still don't have power.

Have never had power.

There is no rolling blackouts for them.

And they are now over 70 hours without power.

So, their house is totally frozen."

V} tim marshall is well-known in meteorology for his research in weather-related disasters.

But he now finds himself in a completely new situation.

Standu} the southern plains have been hit hard.

Their electricity and natural gas infrastructure were simply not built to withstand this type of prolonged weather.

I reached out to ameren illinois and centerpoint utility companies to see how their systems are holding up to our prolonged cold weather.

"both our electric and our natural gas system are performing well" "we're not seeing an issue at this time.

The supply is there.

The system is working as it should."

V} so i asked both companies if the impacts of the winter storm down south, will be felt here in the wabash valley.

"unfortunately, we'll see an increase in your natural gas bill.

Just again because of the unprecedented weather that we are going through.

I mean our furnaces are running pretty much 24/7 just to try to keep up."

"there has been a challenge with supply down there.

And again, we will work with our regulators on what that might look like for our customers up here."

Both companies agree, conserving electricity and gas year-round is very important.

Finally, marshall leaves us with some food for thought.

"so think about what happens if your main lifeline, electric power in our case, goes out.

Do you have another way to keep the house warm?"

In terre haute.

David siple.

Storm team 10.

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