OSLO, Norway - Like many Norwegian homeowners, Siri Hoelland had nervously awaited her power bill, unsure of the cost because of soaring electricity prices in recent months.
She was shocked to find out it was more than 7.6 million kroner ($1.1 million).
"There has been so much talk about high electricity prices that we wondered what the bill would be," the 37-year-old mother of three told The Associated Press by telephone Wednesday. "But we hadn't thought it would be this bad."
The local power company, Dalene Energi, traced the error to a computer glitch, and pledged to send out a corrected bill.
Nearly all of this Scandinavian nation's electricity is produced from hydroelectric power, but less rain last summer left reservoirs at their lowest levels in six years, and power producers warned consumers to expect bigger bills.
The family of five, who moved into a new house in Vikesaa, in southwestern Norway, during the summer, had expected a bill of just less than 6,000 kroner (US$870) for the two-month period, and had even resorted to heating the house with wood to keep costs down.
Hoelland plans to keep the original bill for 7,626,319.63 kroner.
"We're going to frame it and hang it on the wall," she said.