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September energy bills should be higher than this month’s, primarily because of greater consumption, Xcel Energy officials said this week.
Xcel officials proposed a natural gas commodity price of 31.77 cents per therm for September. The proposed price is up 2 percent from August’s 31.24 cents per therm price and lower than the September 2008 price of 43.81 cents per therm. If the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves the price, it would take effect Sept. 1.
Next month, typical Xcel residential customers are expected to increase their natural gas usage by 45 percent, meaning their bills would increase to $21.71, based on the projected use of 21.7 therms, Xcel officials said in a release. The typical residential customer’s energy bill in August was $18.27 on the projected use of 15 therms.

During September 2008, the typical residential customer paid $23.91, if adjusted for next month’s projected usage of 21.7 therms.

The typical small business customer’s bill is expected to be $93.95 on the projected use of 134.8 therms. The typical August bill for that user was expected to be $73.47 on the use of 97.6 therms.</p>

During September of last year, the typical small business customer paid $103.95, if adjusted for next month’s projected usage of 134.8 therms.