We Energies elevators asks people to lower the thermostat

We Energies lifted its Friday evening request to customers to reduce their natural gas consumption by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees. The utility said Saturday morning that “the amount of natural gas delivered through interstate pipelines in Wisconsin has returned to levels that should meet the needs of all customers. Accordingly, We Energies is no longer urging customers to reduce their consumption of natural gas”. conservation demand from customers after the Guardian Gas Pipeline – an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK – which supplies natural gas to its distribution network, experienced a major equipment failure, reducing the amount of fuel they have committed to send. “Earlier, Guardian experienced two valve malfunctions at its Sycamore Compressor Station in DeKalb County, Illinois, which resulted in reduced capacity in our system,” the spokesperson said. ONEOK, Brad Borror, in an emailed statement Friday night. “Our teams are focused on resolving the problem and restoring capacity in a timely manner. One valve has been returned to service and we are continuing to work on the second,” Borror added. The company’s unusual request for lowered thermostats across the state comes as Wisconsin residents brave one of the coldest nights of the year.Two days before Christmas, homes are likely more crowded than usual as families gather “We understand that no one wants to turn down a thermostat when it’s really cold,” We Energies spokesperson Brendan Conway said in a virtual interview. degrees, to put on an extra sweatshirt, an extra blanket, it will be cool but not dangerously cold and we hope we can get the pipeline running at full speed and everything up and running as quickly as possible. quickly as possible. “Online, customers lambasted the company for its request. “In these temperatures? This is crazy,” one Twitter user replied. “Not with what I just paid on my last bill,” another user joked!!,” one person wrote, referring to the endorsement by the Public Service Commission this month of a 10.9% rate hike for residential customers of We Energies. The increase is expected to take effect in January. If customers complied with demand, the We Energies website said it would “avoid a major natural gas outage”. “The real problem is turning it back on. It’s not like turning on a light switch; it’s not like that. You literally have to go to every house; turn on their meter, walk into their house; turn their pilot light back on, check that all of their natural gas appliances are working properly and safely and that takes time,” Conway added. Friday’s disclosure of the issue came a day after Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring a statewide energy emergency. “@GovEvers has been briefed by the Public Service Commission and Wisconsin Emergency Management regarding the situation with We Energies,” a spokesperson tweeted, “Our office will remain in close contact with local, state and federal partners as we continue to monitor this situation closely.”

We Energies lifted its Friday evening request to customers to reduce their natural gas consumption by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees.

The utility said Saturday morning that “the amount of natural gas delivered through interstate pipelines in Wisconsin has returned to levels that should meet the needs of all customers. Accordingly, We Energies is no longer urging customers to reduce their consumption of natural gas”.

We Energies made the customer conservation request after the Guardian Gas Pipeline – an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK – which supplies natural gas to its distribution network, experienced a major equipment outage, reducing 30 % the amount of fuel they had committed to send.

“Earlier [Friday]Guardian has experienced two valve malfunctions at its Sycamore Compressor Station in DeKalb County, Illinois, which has resulted in reduced capacity in our system,” said ONEOK spokesperson Brad Borror. in a statement emailed Friday evening.

“Our teams are focused on resolving the issue and restoring capacity in a timely manner. One valve has been returned to service and we continue to work on the second,” Borror added.

The company’s unusual request for lowered thermostats across the state comes as Wisconsin residents brave one of the coldest nights of the year. Two days before Christmas, homes are likely busier than usual as families gather for the holidays.

“We understand that no one wants to turn down a thermostat when it’s really cold,” We Energies spokesperson Brendan Conway said in a virtual interview, “But if we get people to turn it down to 60-62 degrees, put on an extra sweatshirt, an extra blanket, it’s going to be cool but not dangerously cold and hopefully we can get the pipeline running at full speed and get everything up and running as quickly as possible.”

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Online, customers criticized the company for its claim.

“In these temps? Crazy,” one Twitter user replied.

“Not with what I just paid on my last bill,” another user joked.

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Many have outright rebuffed the request.

“Let’s go to 75, thanks for raising my rates!!!” wrote one person, referring to the Civil Service Commission’s approval this month of a 10.9% hike tariffs for residential customers of We Energies. The increase is expected to take effect in January.

If customers complied with demand, the We Energies website said it would “avoid a major natural gas outage”.

“The real problem is turning it back on. It’s not like flipping a switch, it’s not like that. You literally have to go to every house, turn on their meter, walk into their house, turn their pilot light back on, check have all of their natural gas appliances working properly and safely and that takes a while,” Conway added.

Friday’s disclosure of the issue came a day after Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring a statewide energy emergency.

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@GovEvers has been briefed by the Public Service Commission and Wisconsin Emergency Management regarding the situation with We Energies,” a spokesperson tweeted, “Our office will remain in close contact with local, state and federal partners as we We continue to monitor this situation closely.”

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