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The following morning, July 7, MacDonald went to the Ellwood City Municipal Building and pulled the records for some of the people who had questioned him about their bills during the concert. Youtube electricity What he found was startling.

Without revealing the names of any residents, MacDonald pulled one electric bill that showed the resident used 1,050 kilowatt-hours of electricity during June — the month covered in bills distributed during the first week of July. Gas vs diesel generator In May, the same resident used only 280 kWh of current.

MacDonald said he found similar spikes in electricity consumption for other customers, including his own, and neither he, nor borough Manager Robert Villella can completely explain why. Wd gaster battle But they aim to find out.

Ellwood City is one of three municipalities in Lawrence County — with Wampum and New Wilmington — that operate their own electric departments.

Dissatisfaction with Ellwood City’s electricity service came to a head Monday, when more than 50 people turned up for the borough’s first council meeting after the July bills were mailed out.

Ellwood City’s base electric rate, set by ordinance, is 11.49 cents per kilowatt-hour. Gasbuddy touch But that’s only part of the formula that goes into what customers pay each month.

The borough purchases current through American Municipal Power, an electricity broker that serves multiple municipal electric systems across several states. Gas 1940 A contract with American Municipal Power helps Ellwood City keep the actual cost of current stable, but the electric department also pays for transmission of electricity from the suppliers to its own lines.

This cost is passed on to borough residents through an additional cost, called the purchase power adjustment, and it fluctuates from month to month. National gas average 2007 In June, for the bills sent in early July, the purchase power adjustment was 4.21 cents per kilowatt-hour, which set the actual rate for that month at 15.7 cents.

Ellwood City’s electric bills also include billing for the borough’s sewer service and a $30 per month recycling fee, which are included in the total payment.

Penn Power’s transmission rate in the region is 6.819 cents per kilowatt-hour for electric generation. Electricity videos for students That figure does not include transmission costs, which vary depending on the electrical grid system.

During the borough council meeting Monday, borough resident Lee Ann Houk told the borough she paid 9.34 cents per kilowatt hour to Penn Power for service to a business she owns in Franklin Township.

Houk and other residents complained Monday about inflexibility in bill collection, especially with bills coming due 10 days after they were mailed out. Gas 87 89 93 Villella responded this week by offering a payment plan for the June bills. Gas prices Residents can apply for the plan by filling out an application by Friday in the electric office.

One of those variables is the two billing cycles. Mp electricity bill payment online bhopal The May bill covered electricity use from April 28 until May 26, a total of 29 days. Npower electricity bill In June, the billing cycle ran 33 days, from May 27 to June 29, which would account for about 14 percent of a bill increase.

Weather is another variable. Gsa 2016 new orleans For most households, electricity use increases in the summer to account for air conditioning, Villella said. Electricity outage chicago Only four days in the May billing cycle saw daily high temperatures warmer than 75 degrees, according to data from the National Weather Service in Moon Township.

Conversely, only two days in the June billing cycle saw daily high temperatures below 75 degrees. Bp gas station That meant air conditioners might have been running almost every day for the entire 33 days, Villella said.

“You’re going to use more electricity than you’re going to use for a month when there was cooler temperatures,” he said of the warmer period in June.

Villella said he has taken a look at several Penn Power electric bills and acknowledged that, while Ellwood City’s can be more expensive, he said the borough’s electric rates are competitive with private utilities, which he refers to as “investor utilities,” when all factors are considered.

“We know that, from the standpoint of generation and distribution, our bills are consistent with those of the investor utilities,” Villella said.

Where Ellwood City’s electricity rates are higher, he said, is in the purchase power adjustment — the fluctuating cost of delivering electricity into town. Electricity and magnetism worksheets 8th grade After August of 2015, the purchase power adjustment increased to cover improvements to the transmission grid outside Ellwood City. Electrical supply company near me Indications from suppliers suggest that the price will drop again after August 2016.

Both Villella and MacDonald praised the electric department’s service, especially with its response to power outages. E payment electricity bill maharashtra Both said borough residents might be worse off if the system were taken over by a private utility.

The electric department pays $1.45 million per year into the general fund. Gas variables pogil worksheet answer key If the borough had to replace that payment through property taxes, it would result in a 5.88-mill property tax increase above the current 7.75-mill rate merely to cover the lost income. Gas pump heaven Through that payment, the borough is able to shift some of its tax burden from property owners to renters, MacDonald said.

With public ownership of the department, he said the utility is more responsive to customer concerns than its private counterparts. Q gas station During Monday’s council meeting, borough residents — the electric company’s customers — spent an hour airing their grievances to council, which is effectively the electric department’s board of directors.