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Frigid February Leads To Big Bills In March

Mar 22, 2021

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Heating bills are showing up now in many rural Nebraska communities, and residents are shocked at what they’re seeing. The Omaha World-Herald reports that bills for residents of Pender that are typically $200 to $250 ballooned to $900 because of the cold stretch in February that caused a spike in wholesale natural gas prices due to high demand and a lack of supply. Utilities that had to buy gas during that period got burned. Municipal governments are also are feeling the shock. A state Senate committee this week will consider a bill that would provide $10 million in emergency aid to affected communities.