High water levels mean lower power bills
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky—
If you were outside on Tuesday, you probably felt the extreme heat. Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year so far with the heat index in the 100's. Summer time usually means expensive power bills, but due to record rainfalls you may get a break this month. Tennessee Valley Authority spokesperson Duncan Mansfield describes the rainfall as free fuel from the sky. July is one of the hottest months of the year and officials say the large amounts of came at the perfect time.
Even though Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year so far, some people were still out enjoying themselves. Something else they may enjoy is a break in their power bills.
Resident of Lyon County Brenda Redick said, "This time of the year, it's double, sometimes triple because you know the sun's beating down on our house."
But thanks to record amounts of rain, this scenery may put extra money in people's pockets.
Mansfield said, "Well, the bills certainly will be lower in July than a year ago because of our fuel costs, which is attributed to our hydroelectric generation."
Mansfield said this has been the wettest year since 1994, causing the water at the dam to pour out of the gates. "For consumers, it will mean while their power consumption will probably go up, their costs of that power will probably be lower than a year ago," said Mansfield.
Mansfield also said he anticipates the electric rates to be about 10 percent less this year. "Well, it's kind of a mixed blessing as far as electric bills it should help, particularly in July when its historically one of the periods where fuel costs go up because of rising demand," said Mansfield.
Marshall County resident Wayne Jose and his wife come to the dam often and he said high water levels are a blessing. Jose said, "We're retired and we live on a fixed income so it would help us quite a bit."
As long as it keeps raining, you can expect this water to keep flowing. Jose said, "I guess it's pretty nice to have this in our back yard to provide us some power."
TVA has 29 hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River. The company expects to have record hydro-production this year.