High Country residents are facing higher electric bills than in previous years, and this likely will continue beyond 2023. The war in Ukraine and other factors have sent prices for natural gas skyrocketing, and natural gas is the dominant fuel used for electricity generation in North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Energy CEO Doug Johnson recently said, “Fuels used to generate electricity such as natural gas have almost tripled in cost in the past year. … [W]e should expect to see higher prices at least until the end of next year.”

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