Press Release: Gas Usage and Billing
In mid-February, Winter Storm Uri deeply impacted the Midwest region with sustained record low temperatures and devastating snow and ice storms across a large portion of the United States.
Symmetry Energy Solutions Offered the Following Overview:
As a result of the storm and the extended period of extremely low temperatures, physical gas and power infrastructure was severely impaired. Specifically, well-head freeze-offs occurred, and gas processing plants and pipelines failed. This resulted in reduced natural gas supply and limited the ability to distribute and deliver natural gas on the system. At the same time, demand for natural gas was higher than normal due to increased heating demand during the extremely cold weather.
This considerable increase in demand, coupled with a severe reduction in supply, resulted in extremely high natural gas prices in almost every market we serve. Importantly, this was a market-wide event and virtually all industry participants were impacted – not just Symmetry.
Symmetry received force majeure notices and supply cuts from our suppliers who were unable to deliver natural gas as a result of the extreme winter storm impacts. Due to the lack of physical natural gas supply and restrictions on natural gas transportation, natural gas prices incurred for your supply were considerably higher than normal during this period.
As a retail natural gas marketer, Symmetry’s role is between wholesale producers/suppliers of natural gas on one hand, and our commercial, industrial and residential customers on the other. We do not produce natural gas, rather we purchase natural gas from suppliers, and we then sell it to our customers and utility partners. Simply put, the price of natural gas is set by the market, not by Symmetry.
The City of Red Bud’s natural gas bill for the month of February came in at around $281,000 when the normal gas bill for this time period would have been around $111,000. This total did not include penalties in the amount of approximately $237,000 imposed by Enable MRT, the interstate pipeline system that delivers natural gas to Red Bud. However, the City was informed late last week that these penalties would not be charged thus saving the City and its customers the burden of multiple months of well above average gas prices.
Customers will see higher than normal gas billing rates on the next billing cycle due to Winter Storm Uri but the impact will be significantly lower than if the City had to pay the penalty fees as well. Fortunately, the City’s customers were able to get the gas supply they needed to heat their homes and businesses during this unprecedented time period.
As always, should you have any billing questions, please call city hall at 618-282-2315.
Monroe and Randolph Counties Launch Enterprise Zone!
A Message from the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
CITY OF RED BUD NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
You can now register to have text messages sent to your mobile number instead of receiving a phone call. Please contact Police Chief John Brittingham to update your information.
The printable form can be found HERE.
If you are a City of Red Bud resident or utility customer, and would like to receive notifications related to the operations, events, and news regarding the city, please complete the form below and return to City Hall - either by dropping it off at the office, mailing it to 220 East Market Street, Red Bud, IL or by dropping it in the payment box at the south end of the City Hall parking lot.
PROPERTY CLEAN UP AND COMPOST
When cleaning up this Spring, the City of Red Bud offers the following solutions for your clean up efforts:
1. Compost Bags
The city sells bags at City Hall at Red Bud IGA, and at the Utility Plant for $.75 each. The cost of curb side pick up by the City is included in the cost of the bag.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays burning of yard waste ONLY is permitted from sunrise to sunset. Burning is NOT permitted in city streets and gutters. If burning, please be respectful of neighboring properties.
If you choose to burn yard waste and compost materials, please comply with local ordinances regulating this activity.
1. Burning is only permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from sunrise to sunset.
2. Burning in city streets and gutters is NOT permitted.
3. Burning of anything other than yard waste and compost materials is prohibited.
4. Please try to be respectful if a neighbor has windows open or if a nearby business is hosting
an outdoor event.