Blame the weather for your energy bill

Reuters: Greater reliance on solar, wind and hydro power means that utilities can now blame extreme weather for high electricity and gas bills, a meteorologist at global forecaster WSI told Reuters. Drought, freezing weather and heavy clouds can all hit household budgets as they restrict output from renewable energy plants. "It gives the utility companies an easy excuse now, they don't have to blame speculators, it's the weather," said Mark Stephens-Row in an interview on the sidelines of WSI's winter......

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