Record Natural Gas Consumption in Chilly Reno-Sparks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Northern Nevada's cold wave is beginning to ease up but natural gas customers in the Reno-Sparks area will still feel the sting in their wallets when next month's bill arrives.

NV Energy says natural gas consumption in the area set an all-time peak record from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday - about 2 percent more than the previous peak set on Dec. 10, 2009.

NV Energy gas business director John Owens says the utility has not had any difficulty meeting demand fueled by temperatures near zero.

They measure consumption in dekatherms, a unit of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units.

NV Energy's roughly 153,000 customers in the Reno-Sparks area consumed 160,074 dekatherms from Sunday to Monday, compared to 156,332 dekatherms during the 24-hour stretch in December 2009.

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