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The extreme cold throughout the Midwest has put unprecedented pressure on the natural gas system and driven prices up more than 100 times the normal rate.
We understand you are concerned with the financial impact this will have on your household. We are also concerned. Daily spot gas prices jumped from about $3 per mmBTU to over $300 per mmBTU.
What will this mean for the individual utility customer? We don’t know for sure yet. KMGA has told us the gas portion of utility bills could increase 10 to 20 times the regular rate. This will depend upon how long it takes for the market to correct back to normal prices. We know it will not fall as quickly as it increased last week.
These unprecedented prices did not only impact Moundridge. This is a situation that has impacted everyone in the Midwest. The Kansas Corporation Commission has stepped in to guarantee the continued flow of natural gas. The Governor has issued an emergency declaration. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stepped in to begin looking at how prices jumped so quickly to record breaking extremes.
State and Federal Lawmakers are looking at ways to help mitigate some of the financial damages that have occurred. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been engaged. State, County and City Leaders are doing the same.
We are trying to keep our residents informed through the City of Moundridge Facebook page. We have also e-mailed utility customers who have given us their e-mail addresses. We are trying to get a phone dialing system operating.
If you have a utility emergency, please call our emergency number 345-8800. That’s 345-8800. Please stay safe and stay warm.