Wednesday, January 8, 2020

PUC Releases Winter Reliability Overview Reports From Natural Gas Distribution Companies

On January 8, the Public Utility Commission released the 2019 Winter Reliability Overview Reports from the state’s major natural gas distribution companies, along with a related Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania.
The reports provide insights regarding preparations for conditions that may affect service reliability, supply and prices for the winter months, including topics such as system readiness; employee safety/readiness; communications outreach; gas supply and planning; and natural gas demand for electric generators.
Overall, the companies report they are prepared to accommodate the conditions forecasted in their winter season planning and underground storage and peak shaving inventories will be adequate to handle design conditions.
The winter readiness overviews can be viewed using the following links:
In addition to promoting preparedness by utilities, the Commission also encourages consumers to take steps now to ready themselves for colder temperatures and higher energy demands. 
The PUC’s Prepare Now campaign educates consumers about the availability of low-income programs; increases consumer awareness of ways to reduce winter heating costs; and educates consumers on energy conservation.  
It also encourages consumers to check electric and natural gas bills and supplier contracts, and use the PUC’s and websites as resources to shop for services and learn more about conservation and energy efficiency.
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[Posted: January 8, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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