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Heat Delays Power Cut Off for Some Customers

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 2, 2011

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OG&E is choosing not to suspend the electricity of about 5,600 customers who are behind in their bills because of the extreme heat.

Temperatures near record breaking territory are taking their toll on Oklahomans’ electricity bills as air conditioners run non-stop.

OG&E Spokesman Brian Alford says customers who are unable to pay immediately need to contact the electric company.

“We will work with them on pay arrangements. We want to be as flexible as we can. We will allow customers up to six months to help to make this transition with these high bills.”

Alford says to cut down on bills and reduce strain on the power system increase the thermostat just a few degrees, use box and ceiling fans, close blinds and avoid using appliances during peak hours.

OG&E is encouraging people to look into other options like average monthly and guaranteed flat billing to avoid the extreme spike during summer months.

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