Cold winter still costing electric customers

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Some utility customers in Wisconsin are still seeing higher electric bills after an unusually cold winter.

News-Herald Media reports that customers in the Marshfield area are paying an average of $17.52 more this summer because of a provision that lets utilities pass on the cost of buying or producing energy.

The so-called Power Cost Adjustment Clause is averaging 1.4 cents per kilowatt hour so far this year. That compares to .37 cents last year.

Marshfield Utilities manager Bob Trussoni says it spent an extra $600,000 on power this year after the price of natural gas increased about seven times due to strong demand over the winter.

Trussoni says mild spring and summer temperatures are letting power companies store natural gas so the price may be lower next winter.

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