Southern California Utilities Call for Energy Conservation as Winter Cold Puts Heavy Load on Natural Gas Supply
Dec 9, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing record cold weather across the United States is placing a heavy strain on short-term natural gas supplies and California utility companies — Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) — are asking customers to conserve energy, particularly natural gas.
While there currently is not an imminent threat of disruption of natural gas service to residential and small commercial customers, the Utilities are urging all customers to take precautionary conservation measures throughout this week. Conserving electricity is also urged because many local power plants are fueled by natural gas and less electricity used lessens demand on the gas supply.
In addition to a statewide message, the utilities may be issuing targeted customer notifications to address localized impact to their respective customers. The following steps can help ensure natural gas supplies are sufficient to meet demand created by the severe winter.
Customers are reminded to follow these important safety tips when heating their homes to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Symptoms of CO poisoning can include unexplained nausea, headaches, drowsiness, mental confusion and flu-like symptoms.
For additional conservation tips and information, customers are encouraged to visit the web sites of their respective utility service provider: www.ladwp.com; www.sdge.com; www.sce.com or www.socalgas.com
SOURCE Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)
For further information: SDG&E Media Relations, Amber Albrecht (877) 866-2066; or SCE Media Relations, Paul Netter (626) 302-2255; or SoCalGas Media Relations, Javier Mendoza (877) 643-2331