Amid sub-zero temperatures, more than 1 million Wisconsin customers told to keep natural gas due to pipeline malfunction
We Energies advised customers to immediately turn their thermostats to 62 degrees or lower on Friday night to avoid a widespread service outage.
Guardian Pipeline notified customers on Friday that it has restricted northbound gas flow on one of its interstate pipelines due to unscheduled maintenance at an Illinois compressor station.
We Energies spokesman Brendan Conway said Guardian had cut gas supplies by 30%.
Conway said the utility was tapping into liquefied gas and propane storage facilities and had reduced gas deliveries to commercial customers whose contracts allow service interruptions. But due to extreme cold in most of the country, the utility is unable to obtain gas from other pipeline providers.
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A spokesperson for the pipeline company said one of the two faulty valves was restored Friday evening and crews were working on the second to restore capacity “in a timely manner”.
We Energies said it would reassess the situation and notify customers on Saturday.
In addition to lowering thermostats, the company is asking residents to avoid secondary gas heaters, ovens, stoves and clothes dryers.
The National Weather Service was forecasting low temperatures of zero to minus 14 degrees in Wisconsin on Friday evening.
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