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Supply & Demand: Some Albertans see big spike in power bills this summer

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Have you noticed your power bills lately have been a lot higher than usual?

Many Albertans have been a little shocked after taking a look at recent utility bills, many people with substantial increases for electricity.

Jason Drenth with the City of Lethbridge Electric Department says it all has to do with this very hot summer.

“We saw record demand across the city,” says Drenth. “Broken several times throughout the summer. People’s energy use goes up with the use of air conditioning and when that happens, the electric market prices go up because it’s all about supply and demand.”

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The last few power bills are are from usage during July and August. Drenth expects as demand for air conditioning drops as we head into fall, so will your power bill.

He notes the price for electricity in those two months were nearly double that from earlier in the year.

“At the beginning of this year, prices were quite a bit lower, 7 to 8 cents kilowatt hour (kW-h). Throughout the summer, they were 14, 15, 16 cents a kW-h. Those are the prices we’ve seen. Typically in the fall we tend to see prices come back down,” says Drenth.

He notes the City of Lethbidge has zero control over the prices because it’s a provincial market.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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