APRIL 26, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:45 P.M. CST
Inboden went on to say that the problem hit this area several months back and they think most of the customers won't even notice the impact on their CWL bill. But if this coal shortage is an estimated 10 million dollar cut to the CWL budget, how can such a big cut not increase the customer's bill?
"The reason why our customers shouldn't be impacted significantly has a lot to do with the inside of our board and some long range planning that took place many, many years ago," says Inboden.
Because of excess coal generating facilities that CWL purchased years ago, they fortunately don't have to turn to natural gas for power. But if needed, they have the ability to power the city with gas right here at home.
Natural gas fire generators are currently the most expensive source of energy and if you've been to the pump lately, you probably know why. Inboden mentioned the other two sources they use, which are both low cost; coal fire generators and hydroelectricity.
"On a normal day, we use very little natural gas fire generation. Primarily we get our generation from the coal plants and the hydro projects," says Inboden.