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Energies officials said their customers in southeast Wisconsin broke a record
for natural gas use during the last polar vortex.
Brian Manthey told The Journal
Times 1.1 million customers used about 19.2 million therms by as of
9 a.m. Jan. 7 for the preceding 24 hours. That's 7 percent higher than the last
record set in 2009.
He attributed that
partly to more customers using natural gas to heat their homes and businesses,
since there wasn't an official record low.
Manthey said customers
used 40 percent more gas in December 2013 than they did in December 2012, which
helped lead to a $30 increase to the average residential bill.
He said December 2012
was warmer than usual and December 2013 was colder than usual.
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