SoCalGas Announces SoCalGas Advisory; Customers urged to conserve natural gas
LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2016—Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that a “SoCalGas Advisory,” will be issued for tomorrow, January 23, 2017. A SoCalGas Advisory asks customers to immediately reduce their natural gas use to help lower the risk of possible natural gas and electricity shortages. The Advisory will be in effect beginning at 7am tomorrow and remain in effect until further notice.
Beginning at 7am tomorrow SoCalGas and SDG&E are also issuing a system-wide curtailment watch for noncore customers (large commercial and industrial customers, including electric generation plants). SoCalGas and SDG&E are currently meeting system demands utilizing storage withdrawal and flowing supplies. However, due to forecasted cold weather conditions throughout the SoCalGas and SDG&E service territories, there is a potential for supply shortfall. Customers are advised that they may be receiving a notice to curtail service.
SoCalGas urges all customers to reduce their natural gas use by:
More than 95 percent of Southern Californians use natural gas for home heating, and about 60 percent of the electricity used in California comes from power plants that run on natural gas. By conserving natural gas during this critical period, SoCalGas customers can help lower the risk of possible natural gas and electricity shortages.
The California Public Utilities Commission ordered the creation of the "SoCalGas Advisory" program to help address state agencies' concerns about regional energy reliability this winter due to the moratorium on injection operations at Aliso Canyon.
More ways to conserve natural gas and information on the program are available at https://www.socalgas.com/cs/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1443740099986&pagename=SoCalGas%2Fscg%2Flayout&rendermode=pre