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We Energies has suspended its Friday night order for customers to reduce their use of natural gas by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees. The utility said Saturday morning that “the amount of natural gas delivered by interstate pipelines in Wisconsin is back to levels that should meet the needs of all customers. Therefore, We Energies is no longer asking customers to reduce usage of natural gas”. customers’ conservation request after the Guardian pipeline – an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK – which supplies natural gas to its distribution network, suffered a significant equipment failure, reducing the amount of fuel they committed to ship in 30%. “Previously, Guardian experienced two valve defects at its Sycamore compressor station in DeKalb County, Illinois, which resulted in reduced capacity on our system,” ONEOK spokesman Brad Borror said in an emailed statement. late Friday night. problem and restore capacity in a timely manner. One valve was restored to service and we’re still working on Monday,” added Borror. The company’s unusual request for lowered thermostats across the state comes as Wisconsinites are experiencing one of the coldest nights of the year. Two days before Christmas, the houses probably have more people than usual as families get together for the holidays we get people to turn it down to 60-62 degrees put on an extra sweatshirt an extra blanket it will be nice but not dangerously cold and we hope to be able to get the pipeline up to speed and get everything up and running as quickly as possible.” Online, customers criticized the company for its request. “During these temperatures? This is crazy,” replied one Twitter user. “Not with what I just paid on my last bill,” joked another user. !!” wrote one person, referring to the Public Service Commission’s approval this month of a 10.9% increase in rates for We Energies residential customers. The increase is expected to take effect in January. If they comply with the request, the We Energies website said this would “avoid a significant natural gas outage”. if all the natural gas appliances are working properly and safely and that takes some time,” Conway added. Friday’s disclosure of the problem came a day after Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring a statewide power emergency. “@GovEvers was informed by the Wisconsin Public Service and Emergency Management Commission of the situation with We Energies,” a spokesperson tweeted, “Our office will remain in close contact with local, state and federal partners as we continue to monitor from close to this situation.”

We Energies has suspended its Friday night order for customers to reduce their use of natural gas by lowering thermostats to 60-62 degrees.

The utility said Saturday morning that “the amount of natural gas being delivered by interstate pipelines in Wisconsin is back to levels that should meet the needs of all customers. Therefore, We Energies is no longer asking customers to reduce the use of natural gas”.

We Energies made the conservation order from customers after the Guardian pipeline – an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of ONEOK – which supplies natural gas to its distribution network, suffered a significant equipment failure, reducing the amount of fuel they use. promised to send at 30%.

“Early [Friday]Guardian experienced two valve defects at its Sycamore compressor plant in DeKalb County, Illinois, which resulted in reduced capacity on our system,” ONEOK spokesman Brad Borror said in an emailed statement Friday night. -market.

“Our teams are focused on resolving the issue and restoring capacity in a timely manner. One valve has been restored to service and we are continuing work on the second,” added Borror.

The company’s unusual request for statewide lowered thermostats comes as Wisconsinites are experiencing one of the coldest nights of the year. Two days before Christmas, houses are likely to be more crowded than usual as families gather for the holidays.

“We understand that nobody wants to turn off a thermostat when it’s too cold,” We Energies spokesperson Brendan Conway said in a virtual interview, “but if we can get people down to 60-62 degrees, put on an extra sweatshirt, extra blanket, it’s going to be cool but not dangerously cold, and we’re hoping to get the pipeline up to speed and get everything up and running as soon as possible.”

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Online, customers criticized the company for its order.

“During these temperatures? This is crazy,” replied one Twitter user.

“Not with what I just paid on my last bill,” joked another user.

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Many rejected the question.

“Increasing to 75, thanks for raising my rates!!!” one person wrote, referring to the Public Service Commission’s approval this month of a 10.9% increase in rates for We Energies residential customers. The increase is expected to take effect in January.

If customers comply with the order, the We Energies website said it would “avoid a significant 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 each house; turn the meter on, go into the house; turn the pilot light back on, check that all your natural gas are working properly and safely and that takes some time,” added Conway.

Disclosure of the issue on Friday came a day after Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring a statewide energy emergency.

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🇧🇷@GovEvers was informed by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Emergency Management of the situation with We Energies,” a spokesperson tweeted, “Our office will remain in close contact with local, state, and federal partners as we continue to closely monitor this situation.”

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