We Energies asks customers to lower thermostats to 60

In an unprecedented move Friday night, We Energies asked customers to reduce their natural gas usage by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees. “This request comes after one of the interstate pipeline suppliers that supplies natural gas to We Energies experienced a major equipment failure – reducing the amount of fuel they normally ship by 30 percent,” a statement said. statement posted on the company’s website and social media accounts. We Energies spokesman Brendan Conway identified the supplier as Guardian Pipeline, an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK. Brad Borror said in a statement emailed late 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. We Energies officials would reassess the situation on Saturday. 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 nobody wants to turn down a thermostat when it’s really cold,” Conway said in a virtual interview, “But if we get people to turn it down to 60-62 degrees, put on an extra sweatshirt, extra blanket , it will be cool but not dangerously cold and we hope to get the pipeline running at full speed and get everything up and running as quickly as possible.” Customers online lambasted 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. !!,” one person wrote, referring to the Public Service Commission’s approval this month of a 10.9% rate hike for We Energies residential customers. 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 getting it back on. It’s not like turning on a switch; it’s not like that. You literally have to go to every house; turn on their meter, enter their house; relighting their pilot light, checking that all their natural gas appliances are working properly and safely and that takes time,” Conway added. Friday’s disclosure of the matter came a day after Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order stating a statewide energy emergency.”@GovEvers has been informed by the Public Service Commission and Wisconsin Emergency Management of the situation with We Energies,” a spokesperson tweeted, “Our office will remain in contact closely with local, state and federal partners as we continue to closely monitor this situation. situation.”

In an unprecedented move Friday night, We Energies asked customers to reduce their natural gas usage by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees.

“This request comes after one of the interstate pipeline suppliers that supplies natural gas to We Energies experienced a major equipment failure, reducing the amount of fuel they normally ship by 30 percent,” a statement said. communicated. posted on company website and social media accounts said.

We Energies spokesman Brendan Conway identified the supplier as Guardian Pipeline, an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK.

“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.

Conway said We Energies officials will reassess the situation on Saturday.

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 nobody wants to turn down a thermostat when it’s really cold,” Conway said in a virtual interview, “But if we get people to turn it down to 60-62 degrees, put on an extra sweatshirt, 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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