Experts say Expect Higher Power Costs this Winter

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast at the end of the summer but you will continue to see the effects in Wisconsin this winter.

The hurricane is expected to upset the natural gas supply. That means higher prices for those who heat with natural gas but it also means higher electric bills.

Why? NBC 15 asked Wisconsin Public Power, Inc, to learn more.

"Gas prices have gone up dramatically, and today, gas sets the price for electricity, and about 50 percent of the hours of the year, which a few years ago may have been about 15 percent," Roy Thilly of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc, says.

Thilly says Wisconsin has the weakest transmission system in the Midwest. He says adding new transmission lines in the state would help stabilize prices. Otherwise, he recommends doing what you can to practice energy efficiency this season.

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