Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE: NWN), today reported results of operations for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010, reflecting a net loss of $7.4 million, or 28 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $6.7 million, or 25 cents per share in the same quarter of 2009.

For the 2010 nine-month period, net income was $43.1 million per share, or $1.62 per share, compared to $43.7 million, or $1.64 per share in the first nine months of 2009.

According to Gregg Kantor, President and CEO of NW Natural, “The quarter was particularly notable for the fact that we put the Gill Ranch Storage facility in California in-service by early October, reduced gas commodity costs to their lowest level since 2004, and scored highest in the nation in the J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction rankings among gas utilities.”

Third quarter financial and operating highlights

Income and earnings per share

Results of operations produced a net loss for the 2010 third quarter of $7.4 million, or 28 cents per share for the quarter, compared to a net loss in 2009 of $6.7 million, or 25 cents per share. Results from utility operations are typically low during the third quarter due to reduced use of natural gas in summer months. As a result, the utility recorded a net loss of $9.1 million (34 cents per share) in the quarter, compared to a net loss of $9.2 million (35 cents per share) in the third quarter of 2009.

NW Natural also provides gas storage services. The gas storage business provided net income of $1.8 million (7 cents per share) in the third quarter of 2010, compared to net income of $2.3 million (9 cents per share) in 2009. These results include income from gas storage services at the Mist facility in Oregon, optimization services from the use of NW Natural’s unused storage and pipeline transportation capacity when these assets are not serving the company’s core utility customers, and start-up expenses at the Gill Ranch Storage facility near Fresno, Calif.

Gill Ranch Storage goes into service

In early October, Gill Range Storage LLC (GRS), a subsidiary of NW Natural, began injecting gas into depleted sandstone gas reservoirs as the new facility went into service. The company’s revised estimate of its share of total construction costs is currently estimated to be between $210 million and $220 million. This new, underground natural gas storage facility is designed to provide 20 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas capacity for the California market. GRS is the operator of the storage facility and 75 percent owner. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), owns the remaining 25 percent.

Rate decreases approved for 2010-11 heating season for customers

NW Natural received approval to pass on approximately 2 percent rate decreases to residential and commercial customers in Oregon and Washington, effective Nov. 1, 2010. These rate reductions result in the lowest billing rates in six years for the company’s residential and commercial customers.

Rates are established each year under purchased gas adjustment (PGA) mechanisms in Oregon and Washington to reflect the expected cost of natural gas commodity purchases, which includes the company’s cost of gas in inventory and its gas purchases hedged with financial derivatives. The company updated its PGA prices for Oregon and Washington customers in mid-October, and the new rates went into effect Nov. 1, 2010.

NW Natural ranks highest in the U.S. among gas utilities for customer satisfaction

For the seventh consecutive year, NW Natural has ranked among the top utilities for customer satisfaction, earning the highest overall score in the Western U.S. among large utilities according to the J.D. Power and Associates Gas Utility Residential study. The company also received the highest overall score in the nation among 75 gas-only and combination gas and electric utilities. “To consistently have our customers rank us as one of the top utilities in the country for customer satisfaction is an accomplishment we take great pride in, but an honor we don’t take for granted. We will continue to do all we can to exceed customer expectations and to foster the service culture that is at the core of our company’s longevity and success,” said Kantor.

Customer growth

NW Natural’s customer growth for the trailing 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2010 was 1.2 percent, with the company serving approximately 667,000 customers. This compared to a growth rate of 1.0 percent at June 30, 2010, and 0.7 percent at Sept. 30, 2009.

Operational results

NW Natural’s utility gas sales and transportation deliveries in the third quarter of 2010 were 163 million therms, compared to 157 million therms in the third quarter of 2009. The increase in usage was due mainly to weather that was colder than the same period a year ago. However, margin from utility operations in the 2010 quarter was $41.3 million, compared to $43.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, with the decrease mainly due to lower incentive gas cost savings in Oregon of $3.2 million.

Volumes sold to residential and commercial customers in the third quarter of 2010 were 56 million therms, a 7 percent increase, compared to 53 million therms in the same quarter of 2009, with the increase due mainly to colder weather and customer growth. Residential and commercial sales margin in the quarter contributed $33.4 million, compared to $31.8 million in 2009’s quarter. NW Natural’s decoupling and weather mechanisms in Oregon adjusted margin down by $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2010, compared to an adjustment to margin down of $0.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Gas deliveries to industrial customers in the third quarter of 2010 were 106 million therms, compared to 104 million therms in the same period of 2009. Margin from industrial customers increased $0.1 million from last year’s third quarter.

Operations and maintenance expense

Operations and maintenance expenses in the third quarter of 2010 were lower by 1 percent at $26.9 million, compared to $27.1 million for the same period in 2009, due mainly to reduced payroll expense and lower bad debt expense.

Year-to-date (nine month) financial and operating highlights

Income and earnings per share

For the nine-month period, net income was $43.1 million, or $1.62 per share, compared to $43.7 million, or $1.64 per share in 2009. Year-to-date earnings were slightly lower due to significant incentive gas cost savings in 2009 ($14.7 million) compared to 2010 ($1.1 million), partially offset by an increase in utility margin driven by colder weather in the second quarter of 2010 ($5.5 million), a decrease in operation and maintenance expenses ($5.3 million), and property tax refunds ($6.1 million). The company’s 2010 results also benefitted from a $5.0 million regulatory adjustment for income taxes paid, compared to $3.8 million last year.

NW Natural’s utility operations contributed net income of $36.4 million ($1.37 per share) in the period, compared to $36.6 million ($1.38 per share) in last year’s first nine months. Gas storage contributed $6.4 million (24 cents per share), compared to $7.0 million (27 cents per share) in 2009. Other non-utility activities resulted in a small gain in both the 2010 and 2009 periods.

Operational results

The utility’s total gas sales and transportation deliveries in the first nine months of 2010 were 729 million therms, compared to 777 million therms for the same period in 2009. The 6 percent decrease in delivered volumes was largely due to warmer weather and additional customer conservation efforts. Utility margin decreased by $8.1 million (3 percent), due mainly to a $13.6 million decrease in gas cost savings from the company’s incentive sharing mechanism compared to 2009, partially offset by a $5.5 million increase in residential and commercial margins, largely driven by colder weather in the second quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010, weather was warmer than both the average and last year by 2 percent.

Gas sales to residential and commercial customers in the first nine months of 2010 were 389 million therms, or down 11 percent, compared to 436 million therms in the same period last year. Residential and commercial sales contributed $203 million to margin, compared to $197 million last year. The increase was primarily due to colder weather in the second quarter of 2010. NW Natural’s decoupling and weather mechanisms in Oregon adjusted margin up by $19.7 million in the 2010 period, compared to an adjustment to margin down of $4.3 million in 2009.

Gas deliveries to industrial customers in the period were 341 million therms in the first nine months of 2009 and 2010. Contribution to margin in the first nine months of 2010 was $20.9 million, compared to $20.4 million in the 2009 period.

During the first nine months of 2010, gas purchases were made at prices close to those embedded in rates for the gas contract year, which runs from Nov. 1 to Oct. 31 st. Under the company’s sharing mechanism in Oregon, this contributed a $1.1 million benefit to margin in the first nine months of 2010, compared to a benefit of $14.7 million for the same period in 2009. As reported last quarter, the company selected a 90:10 sharing ratio for customers and shareholders related to commodity gains or losses in Oregon. In Washington, all gas costs are passed through to customers as previously noted.

Regulatory adjustment for taxes paid

Based on NW Natural’s year-to-date regulated operations through September 30, 2010, the company recognized $5.0 million of incremental margin revenues from its regulatory adjustment for income taxes paid. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the company recognized $3.8 million of incremental margin revenues for income taxes paid.

Operations and maintenance expense

Operations and maintenance expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010 were $86.0 million compared to $91.2 million in the 2009 period. The 6-percent O&M decrease was primarily due to lower payroll and lower bad debt expense. Bad debt expense as a percent of revenues billed remained well below 1 percent at 0.15 percent for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2010.

Cash flows and capital structure

Cash provided by operations in the first nine months of 2010 was $114.5 million, compared to $199.3 million in the same period in 2009. The decrease is principally related to temporary differences in deferred gas costs and other working capital amounts. Cash requirements for investing activities totaled $150.1 million for the period, up from $96.5 million in the same period of 2009, with the increase primarily due to investments in the Gill Ranch Storage facility.

NW Natural’s capitalization at Sept. 30, 2010, reflected 45.9 percent common equity, 40.2 percent long-term debt, and 13.9 percent short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt. This compared to 47.5 percent common equity, 47.2 percent long-term debt, and 5.3 percent short-term debt at Sept. 30, 2009.

Outlook for 2010 reaffirmed

NW Natural today reaffirmed that it expects full-year 2010 earnings per share to be in the range of $2.60 to $2.75. The company's 2010 earnings guidance assumes normal weather conditions, continued customer growth, no significant changes in prevailing regulatory policies and no material earnings impact from the Gill Ranch Storage facility. The company's outlook does not include forecasts of future gains or losses that may occur from the company's commodity cost sharing mechanism in Oregon, since the company cannot predict future gas cost increases or decreases with reasonable certainty. The company continues to target a dividend payout ratio of 60 to 70 percent of earnings.

Dividend declaration

The Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company has declared a quarterly dividend on the company's common stock of 43.5 cents, an increase of 5 percent. The dividends will be paid Nov. 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on Oct. 29, 2010. The current indicated annual dividend rate is now $1.74 per share.

Presentation of results

In addition to presenting results of operations and earnings amounts in total, NW Natural has expressed certain measures in this press release on an equivalent cents per share basis. These amounts reflect factors that directly impact the company's earnings. In calculating these financial measures, we allocate income tax expense based on the effective tax rate. NW Natural believes this per share information is useful because it enables readers to better understand the impact of these factors on its earnings.

Conference call arrangements

As previously reported, NW Natural will conduct a conference call and webcast starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) on November 5th, to review the company's 2010 third quarter and year-to-date financial and operating results.

To hear the conference call live, please dial 1-877-317-6789 within the United States, and 1-412-317-6789 from international locations. From Canada, please dial 1-866-605-3852. The pass code is 445077#. To access the replay recording, please call 1-877-344-7529 and enter the conference identification pass code (445077#). To hear the replay from all international locations, please dial 1-412-317-0088.

To hear the conference by webcast, log on to NW Natural's corporate website at www.nwnatural.com or www.InvestorCalendar.com.

Forward-Looking statements

This report, and other presentations made by NW Natural from time to time, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects” and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the following: plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, estimated project expansion, project costs and completion dates, commodity costs, financial positions, customer growth, customer rates, depreciation rates, workforce levels or job creation, performance, regulatory actions, litigation, earnings expectations, expected dividend payout ratios, and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts.

Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. We caution you therefore against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are discussed by reference to the factors described in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors,” and Part II, Item 7 and Item 7A “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk” in the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Part I, Items 2 and 3 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk,” and Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in the company’s quarterly reports filed thereafter.

All forward-looking statements made in this report and all subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of the company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the company to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

About NW Natural

NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides safe, reliable, cost-effective natural gas service to about 667,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers through 15,000 miles of mains and service lines in western Oregon and southwestern Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. The company has approximately $2.5 billion in total assets. Since 1989, the company has operated its 16 Bcf Mist underground storage field in Oregon to serve its utility customers and the regional interstate storage market. NW Natural and its subsidiaries currently own and operate approximately 31 Bcf of combined underground gas storage capacity in Oregon and California. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Comparative Income Statement
(Consolidated - Unaudited)
                 
 
  Three Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
  09/30/10   09/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 95,067 $ 116,854 $ (21,787 ) (19 %)
Net Income (Loss) $ (7,420 ) $ (6,733 ) $ (687 ) (10 %)
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,606 26,515 91 -
Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share of Common Stock $ (0.28 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.03 ) (12 %)
Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share of Common Stock $ (0.28 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.03 ) (12 %)
 
  Nine Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
  09/30/10   09/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 543,961 $ 703,269 $ (159,308 ) (23 %)
Net Income $ 43,076 $ 43,716 $ (640 ) (1 %)
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,641 26,608 33 -
Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 1.62 $ 1.65 $ (0.03 ) (2 %)
Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 1.62 $ 1.64 $ (0.02 ) (1 %)
 
  Twelve Months Ended

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
  09/30/10   09/30/09 Change % Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 853,403 $ 1,052,474 $ (199,071 ) (19 %)
Net Income $ 74,482 $ 76,896 $ (2,414 ) (3 %)
 
Diluted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 26,624 26,600 24 -
Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 2.80 $ 2.90 $ (0.10 ) (3 %)
Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $ 2.80 $ 2.89 $ (0.09 ) (3 %)
 
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY                  
Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)       September 30,     September 30,
Thousands         2010       2009
Assets:
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,501 $ 13,736
Restricted cash 924 20,830
Accounts receivable 28,503 28,992
Accrued unbilled revenue 15,399 19,060
Allowance for uncollectible accounts (1,736 ) (1,827 )
Regulatory assets 83,545 60,306
Derivative assets 1,864 13,924
Inventories:
  Gas 80,955 86,921
Materials and supplies 8,668 9,775
Income taxes receivable 6,762 28,837
Other current assets   11,282     11,014  
Total current assets   238,667     291,568  
Non-current assets:
Property, plant and equipment 2,528,703 2,299,507
Less accumulated depreciation 711,046   684,769  
Property, plant and equipment - net 1,817,657 1,614,738
Regulatory assets 339,786 296,814
Derivative assets 518 3,711
Other investments 68,851 64,841
Other non-current assets   15,898     18,173  
Total non-current assets   2,242,710     1,998,277  
Total assets $ 2,481,377   $ 2,289,845  
Capitalization and liabilities:
Capitalization:
Common stock $ 342,271 $ 336,686
Retained earnings 338,725 308,282
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (5,675 )   (4,094 )
Total stockholders' equity 675,321 640,874
Long-term debt   591,700     637,000  
Total capitalization   1,267,021     1,277,874  
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt 159,875 71,890
Current maturities of long-term debt 45,000 -
Accounts payable 79,629 61,757
Taxes accrued 10,601 11,353
Interest accrued 12,220 12,287
Regulatory liabilities 31,502 57,096
Derivative liabilities 59,898 39,428
Other current liabilities   28,074     28,891  
Total current liabilities   426,799     282,702  
Deferred credits and other liabilities:
Deferred tax liabilities 324,166 301,336
Regulatory liabilities 252,425 244,315
Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities 121,686 119,011
Derivative liabilities 27,211 1,660
Other non-current liabilities   62,069     62,947  
Total deferred credits and other liabilities   787,557     729,269  
Total capitalization and liabilities $ 2,481,377   $ 2,289,845  
 
NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY                  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)       September 30,     September 30,
Thousands (nine months ended)         2010       2009
Operating activities:
  Net income $ 43,076 $ 43,716
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operations:
  Depreciation and amortization 47,930 46,704
Undistributed earnings from equity investments (576 ) (927 )
Non-cash expenses related to qualified defined benefit pension plans 5,758 7,359
Contributions to qualified defined benefit pension plans (10,000 ) (25,000 )
Deferred environmental costs (5,153 ) (8,053 )
Settlement of interest rate hedge - (10,096 )
Other (1,863 ) (2,666 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
  Receivables 103,377 136,057
Inventories (8,666 ) (629 )
Income taxes receivable (6,762 ) (8,026 )
Accounts payable (39,985 ) (43,374 )
Accrued interest 6,785 9,502
Accrued taxes (10,436 ) (1,102 )
Deferred gas savings - net (22,582 ) 28,210
Deferred tax liabilities 23,993 37,523
Other - net   (10,372 )   (9,873 )
Cash provided by operating activities   114,524     199,325  
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (185,651 ) (85,223 )
Restricted cash 34,619 (15,811 )
Other   953     4,502  
Cash used in investing activities   (150,079 )   (96,532 )
Financing activities:
Common stock issued - net 4,129 (478 )
Long-term debt issued - 125,000
Change in short-term debt 57,875 (188,961 )
Cash dividend payments on common stock (33,063 ) (31,410 )
Other   683     (124 )
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities   29,624     (95,973 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (5,931 ) 6,820
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   8,432     6,916  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 2,501   $ 13,736  
                         
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Interest paid $ 23,796 $ 19,651
  Income taxes paid       $ 21,100       $ 7,500  
 
  NORTHWEST NATURAL GAS COMPANY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)
Third Quarter - 2010
                                     
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
September 30, September 30, September 30,

(Thousands, except per share amounts)
2010 2009 Change 2010   2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Gross Operating Revenues $ 95,067 $ 116,854 (19 %) $ 543,961 $ 703,269 (23 %) $ 853,403 $ 1,052,474 (19 %)
Cost of Sales 46,359 65,302 (29 %) 281,221 428,864 (34 %) 463,525 652,112 (29 %)
Revenue Taxes 2,497   2,926   (15 %) 13,410   17,221 (22 %) 20,845   25,507   (18 %)
Net Operating Revenues 46,211   48,626   (5 %) 249,330   257,184 (3 %) 369,033   374,855   (2 %)
Operating Expenses:
O&M 26,913 27,122 (1 %) 85,985 91,248 (6 %) 121,841 122,876 (1 %)
General Taxes 6,659 6,417 4 % 17,451 21,480 (19 %) 24,224 27,545 (12 %)
D&A 16,003   15,817   1 % 47,930   46,704 3 % 64,040   65,088   (2 %)
Total Operating Expenses 49,575   49,356   - 151,366   159,432 (5 %) 210,105   215,509   (3 %)
Income (loss) from Operations (3,364 ) (730 ) (361 %) 97,964 97,752 - 158,928 159,346 -
Other Income and Expense - net 1,333 1,238 8 % 5,969 2,860 109 % 6,823 3,852 77 %
Interest Expense - net 10,632 10,672 - 31,738 30,048 6 % 42,327 39,975 6 %
Income Tax Expense (5,243 ) (3,431 ) (53 %) 29,119   26,848 8 % 48,942   46,327   6 %
Net Income (Loss) $ (7,420 ) $ (6,733 ) (10 %) $ 43,076   $ 43,716 (1 %) $ 74,482   $ 76,896   (3 %)
Common Shares Outstanding:
Average for Period - basic 26,606 26,515 26,571 26,508 26,558 26,500
Average for Period - diluted 26,606 26,515 26,641 26,608 26,624 26,600
End of Period 26,640 26,517 26,640 26,517 26,640 26,517
Earnings (Loss) per Share:
Basic $ (0.28 ) $ (0.25 ) (12 %) $ 1.62 $ 1.65 (2 %) $ 2.80 $ 2.90 (3 %)
Diluted $ (0.28 ) $ (0.25 ) $ 1.62 $ 1.64 $ 2.80 $ 2.89
Dividends Paid Per Share $ 0.415 $ 0.395 $ 1.245 $ 1.185 $ 1.66 $ 1.58
Book Value Per Share - end of period $ 25.35 $ 24.17 $ 25.35 $ 24.17 $ 25.35 $ 24.17
Market Closing Price - end of period $ 47.45 $ 41.66 $ 47.45 $ 41.66 $ 47.45 $ 41.66
Balance Sheet Data - end of period:
Total Assets $ 2,481,377 $ 2,289,845 $ 2,481,377 $ 2,289,845 $ 2,481,377 $ 2,289,845
Common Stock Equity $ 675,321 $ 640,874 $ 675,321 $ 640,874 $ 675,321 $ 640,874
Long-Term Debt $ 636,700 $ 637,000 $ 636,700 $ 637,000 $ 636,700 $ 637,000
(including amounts due in one year)
Operating Statistics:
Total Customers - end of period 666,903 659,292 1.2 % 666,903 659,292 1.2 % 666,903 659,292 1.2 %
Gas Deliveries (therms)
Res. & Comm. Customers 56,210 52,550 388,857 435,709 621,608 654,741
Industrial Firm 8,079 8,180 26,857 28,785 37,519 41,328
Industrial Interruptible 12,124 15,235 42,372 55,502 59,395 76,551
Transportation 86,210   80,658   271,327   257,132 365,128   368,022  
Total 162,623 156,623 729,413 777,128 1,083,650 1,140,642
Gas Revenues
Res. & Comm. Customers $ 71,864 $ 82,611 $ 449,676 $ 579,820 $ 718,397 $ 879,765
Industrial Firm 6,934 9,561 22,334 31,214 32,527 44,950
Industrial Interruptible 7,709 14,122 26,286 49,341 39,061 68,098
Transportation 3,364 3,364 10,082 10,169 13,548 13,747
Regulatory adjustment for income taxes 956 883 4,974 3,770 7,088 4,145
Other Revenues (723 ) 1,282   14,917   13,485 22,598   22,362  
Total $ 90,104 $ 111,823 $ 528,269 $ 687,799 $ 833,219 $ 1,033,067
Cost of Gas Sold - Utility $ 46,349 $ 65,280 $ 281,189 $ 428,803 $ 463,474 $ 652,028
Revenue Taxes $ 2,497 $ 2,926 $ 13,410 $ 17,221 $ 20,845 $ 25,507
Net Operating Revenues (Utility Margin) $ 41,258 $ 43,617 $ 233,670 $ 241,775 $ 348,900 $ 355,532
Degree Days
Average (25-year average) 102 102 2,651 2,651 4,265 4,265
Actual 110 61 2,594 2,659 4,318 4,318
Colder (warmer) than Average 8 % (40 %) (2 %) - 1 % 1 %

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