Natural Gas Supplies Could Fall Short If Cold Snap Hits in Winter, Authorities Warn

California utilities and energy authorities are warning that Southern California Gas Co. might not be able to provide enough natural gas for all its customers if a cold snap hits this winter.

A security guard gestures the way in for Porter Ranch residents arriving at the SoCal Gas Community Resource Center in Porter Ranch, California on Jan. 8, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A security guard gestures the way in for Porter Ranch residents arriving at the SoCal Gas Community Resource Center in Porter Ranch, California on Jan. 8, 2016. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

That’s because three critical pipelines that bring natural gas into Southern California Gas’ troubled Aliso Canyon storage site are out of service. Collectively, the three lines represent 42% of the natural gas transmission capacity into the Los Angeles region.

“We’re very concerned that SoCal Gas won’t be able to meet demand to core customers,” said Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Picker and other state regulators said natural gas supplies should be fine under normal winter conditions, but a severe, lengthy cold spell could overburden the system. They are urging consumers to reduce their natural gas consumption during the winter months to avoid any strain on the system.

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