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Hot Days Don't Necessarily Mean Cold Hard Cash For CWLP


High heat in Springfield does not translate into cold hard cash for City Water Light and Power. Even though demand for electricity is high as temperatures soar into the 90s, utility officials say that also drives up their expenses as the utility's generators run at full power. Chief Engineer Eric Hobbie says that when there is large demand, the utility has to operate more units to ensure the system can remain stable but with the overall energy market in a slump, selling power on the open market is not profitable. Hobbie gave a monthly presentation to Aldermen Tuesday where he talked about the lowered bond rating for the utility and how the electric division has more than $7 million in negative cash flow. Hobbie says the utility has done away with two-thirds of their workforce through attrition to shore up cost savings.
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