This is one of those blessed summers when there's less reason to fear the electrical bill.
Demand has been down as a result of a slightly cooler, less-humid summer.
According to an analysis by the Omaha Public Power District, customers have been using about 6 percent less electricity than the utility had projected for the summer.
Here's the 2013 month-by-month breakdown, as provided by OPPD spokesman Mike Jones:
• June usage, 7 percent behind projections.
• July usage, 5 percent behind projections.
• August usage (through Aug. 12), 9 percent behind projections.
What makes these numbers especially impressive is that temperatures have not been off by a correspondeding amount.
According to the National Weather Service, June averaged only 0.1 of a degree below normal; July was 0.4 degrees below normal; and August has been running 1.6 degrees below normal.
Last summer was a different story and it's clear in both average temperatures and electrical use. Here are the average temperatures of the summer months, from the National Weather Service:
June, 72 degrees
July, 76.3 degrees
August to date, 74.3 degrees
June, 76.1 degrees
July, 84.8 degrees
First two weeks of August, 77.4 degrees
Here's how electrical use compares between the two summers:
OPPD customers used 9 percent less electricity in June and August, compared with the same period in 2012.
The difference between the two Julys was higher: usage in July ran 11 percent behind the same month in 2012.
For the purposes of this analysis, OPPD examined total usage by all residential, commercial and industrial customers.