Thanks Industrial Customers for Helping Preserve Gas Access to Homes During Supply Shortage
FORT SMITH, AR – Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation (AOG) is pleased to announce they have lifted their curtailment order on industrial customers. They were able to communicate that news to the impacted businesses yesterday afternoon.
Because of gas supply issues and extreme winter weather across the Midwest beyond the company’s control, AOG had to make the difficult decision to curtail gas use of small, medium and industrial customers throughout their service territory. Thanks to the cooperation of area businesses as well as residential customers, the company was able to preserve gas access for homes and essential services during the unprecedented event.
“We know the recent shortage of gas supply has affected businesses, community members and workers in many ways. We appreciate everyone contributing to the solution – particularly our industrial and commercial customers who stopped their operations to reduce gas use in order to preserve gas access for homes and essential services, like hospitals, during this extremely difficult time. We can’t thank them enough,” said Fred Kirkwood, Chief Customer Officer at AOG. “While we continue to experience some supply constraints, industrial users on our system will operate with reduced operations today and normal operations tomorrow."
There still is need for conservation of energy. AOG is encouraging customers to conserve their energy usage at this time but are hoping they will be operating at full capacity in the coming days as temperatures warm and supply is restored.
Tips for conserving energy usage include:
In addition to reduced energy usage, here are tips to stay safe at home:
Never use an oven or a gas stovetop to heat your home. Protect natural gas meters. Natural gas meters are weather-proof; however, to ensure that the meter keeps working smoothly, remove snow and ice from natural gas meters with a broom or brush. Never kick or chip snow and ice away with a hard object. Minimize the risk of frozen pipes. In the event you lose heat or power, leave faucets running at a trickle, leave cabinet doors open, and close all doors and windows to keep heat inside.