FortisBC is again appealing to residents and businesses to cut back on their natural gas consumption.
President Roger Dall’Antonia says they are still experiencing shortfalls due to an Enbridge pipe rupture back in October.
He says with temperatures beginning to cool, demand for natural gas is increasing again, and the need for conservation is even stronger.
“While we’ve made strides in improving the gas supply, given the current Enbridge delivery capacity, we simply don’t have access to enough natural gas to accommodate typical winter natural gas demand at this time,” says Dall’Antonia.
The utility is asking all customers to conserve natural gas, specifically on colder days when demand increases.
“Small steps such as turning down the thermostat to below 20 degrees and reducing hot water use through shorter showers and using cold water for laundry can help save natural gas. While these may seem like small savings, collectively they add up making a positive impact on the gas supply shortfall,” says a news release.
“At current pipeline capacity, our gas supply may be vulnerable. Any sort of extended period of colder weather could lead to loss of service for major industrial or commercial customers, or even large residential complexes,” says Dall’Antonia, “We need consistent and meaningful conservation across the province as every molecule conserved is gas that can be used to keep homes warm and businesses operating.”