In sub-zero temperatures, more than a million customers across Wisconsin are being asked to conserve natural gas due to a pipeline disruption
We Energies advised customers to immediately set their thermostats to 62 degrees or lower on Friday evening to prevent a widespread service outage.
Guardian Pipeline informed customers Friday that northbound gas flow on one of its interstate pipelines has been restricted due to unplanned maintenance at a compressor station in Illinois.
We Energies spokesman Brendan Conway said Guardian had cut the utility’s gas supply by 30%.
Conway said the utility is drawing from LNG and propane storage and has halted gas deliveries to business customers whose contracts allow for business disruptions. But because of the extreme cold gripping most of the country, the utility is unable to source gas from other pipeline suppliers.
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A spokesman for the pipeline company said one of two faulty valves was restored Friday night and crews were working on the second to restore capacity “in a timely manner”.
We Energies said it would reassess the situation and update customers on Saturday.
In addition to turning down thermostats, the company is asking residents to avoid secondary gas heaters, stoves, ovens and clothes dryers.
The National Weather Service forecast low temperatures of zero to minus 14 degrees for Wisconsin on Friday evening.