DAYTON — The first three months of the 2013-2014 winter heating season have led to gas deliveries in volumes that have not been seen for more than a decade. Vectren’s 5,500-mile natural gas delivery infrastructure of gas pipelines and mains saw a total of nearly 260 million CCF of natural gas flow to its 315,000 customers in west central Ohio during the months of November 2013 through January 2014, which is the highest throughput since the winter of 2002-2003. This volume compares to nearly 210 million CCF that was delivered during the same period last season. CCF = 100 cubic feet of natural gas
“It goes without saying the bitter cold weather has forced furnaces to work harder, and a 25 percent increase in season-over-season gas deliveries demonstrates just how cold this winter has been,” said Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio.
The average residential gas customer has used more than 450 CCF during this same three-month period versus about 360 CCF last winter. About 45 percent of the 450 CCF was consumed in January 2014. The average customer – based on normal winter weather – typically uses about 600 CCF over the five-month heating season of November through March.
“With usage up this sharply, customers are seeing higher bills than last winter, and we encourage those that are challenged to pay to reach out to us for payment options,” added Ryan. “On a positive note, gas prices are much lower than those experienced in 2008 and 2009 when we saw record-high prices, which is helping ensure customers are not experiencing record-high energy bills this winter.”
Customers who need assistance managing costs should contact Vectren immediately at 1-800-227-1376. Qualifying customers can set up a payment arrangement whereby they can pay the bill in smaller increments over a set period of time. This is a free service with no interest charges. In addition, Vectren can offer guidance on income-qualified energy assistance. Energy efficiency tips and resources can be found at Vectren.com/saveenergy.