The polar vortex is behind the jump in costs. The frigid temperatures have pumped up the price of natural gas that’s used to fuel power plants on Long Island, so those costs are being passed along to PSEG electric customers.
The Tri-State area is facing another frigid cold day, but temperatures are warmer Wednesday than the record-breaking lows that left the region in a deep freeze Tuesday.
The extreme cold in recent days has led to a new winter one-day record for national gas and electric service use by Con Edison customers.
The high in New York City Tuesday is expected to be 10 degrees, but wind chills will make it feel more like minus 10.
Come Tuesday, a deep freeze will settle into the Tri-State Area, likely dragging temperatures below zero in some areas and sending wind chills plunging into the negative 20s.
Tri-State Area residents were not the only ones suffering through a bitter blast this weekend, and some areas have seen conditions far more severe. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the snowstorm.