Low Northstate temperatures break natural gas usage record

REDDING, Calif. - A widespread drop in temperatures prompted many to crank up the thermostat, causing two natural gas usage records to be broken in just a matter of days.

"Demand for natural gas is high, simply because the weather is cold and people need to stay warm," explains Paul Moreno, Pacific Gas & Electric spokesman.

"Last Friday, we set a record that had been in standing since 1998 and then just yesterday, we set a new record," says Moreno.

Moreno said 4.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas was used by PG&E customers on Monday.

Those record breaking usage rates are nearly double what the Northstate uses on a regular, daily basis.

Moreno said they don't anticipate the current natural gas consumption record to be broken anytime soon, with a slight up-tick in temperatures expected.

As for the price PG&E customers are paying, Moreno says that the cold temperatures won't affect their wholesale cost to customers.

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