How would you like the job of trying to determine the amount of electricity a city like Napoleon will need during the summer months, when you’re back in February and March? The main variable is obviously the weather- a scorching hot July could mean you’ll need excess power for the air conditioners running in every home in the city, night and day. But this summer has been a different story, so far. Temperatures are running 10 and 20 degree below normal; which means the Napoleon electric demand is nowhere close to peaking. That’s good news for most individual customers.
But Napoleon still has to purchase electricity for companies to run their machines, for lights to operate inside, and for cooking and computers.
For that reason, says former city manager Jon Bisher; Napoleon has to plan their electric rates around fixed costs, and variable expenses. The fixed costs include salaries for staff, and debt that is owed on the electric system improvements. The variables come-in, when the weather goes haywire.
So most residential customers should see better news in their water and electric usage in July, when compared to other years. But there is still an electric charge to pay for those fixed costs in Napoleon, and all the other appliances and equipment you have around the home.