Coleman says the cold weather extremes are the most severe test an electric distribution system can face and can cause unknown weak spots to surface. He likens the pressure put on the system to a nuclear stress test for the heart.
There were 16 scattered outages reported in Baxter County and the Sharp-Fulton County line early Wednesday morning. Coleman reports, even though that number was more than desired, power was restored quickly.
Coleman says there will be a spike in utility bills next billing cycle, however there is a silver lining.
Rates are stable, according to Coleman. He says rates for some forms of energy during the winter usually increase, and NAEC's do not. He says typically a spike in a bill is due to the user side of the equation.
NAEC does have free services to its customers to help curtail costs associated with high energy consumption.
To arrange an energy efficiency assessment, call 870-425-2141 to reach the Mountain Home office. The number for the Salem Office is (870)895-3221 and (870) 994-2191 for the office in Ash Flat.
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