BGE: Cold Weather Means January Bills Could Be Higher

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Gas and Electric says higher bills could be on the way because of colder than usual weather.

BGE says that in November and December temperatures were at or below freezing for a total of 458 hours in central Maryland, compared to 321 for the same period a year earlier.

Jeannette M. Mills, senior vice president of customer relations and account services for BGE, says electric rates are about eight percent lower than last year, but extreme weather generally triggers significant increases in energy usage, which can lead to higher-than-expected bills.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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