Fortis BC’s natural gas supply picture is improving, but it’s asking customers to continue conservation efforts as the winter wears on.
An official says Enbridge’s plan to increase pipeline pressure to 85 percent and its own plan to buy natural gas from the market has the company in a much better position since the October 9th pipeline rupture near Prince George.
However, Fortis BC CEO and president Roger Dall’Antonia says the coldest two months of the year are ahead and a prolonged cold-snap could see demand outpacing supply.
He says if that happens, large-scale commercial customers face with a short-term curtailment.
Fortis says turning down the thermostat a few degrees and easing hot water use are two simple ways to reduce gas use at home or at work.
It’s unclear when the repaired Enbridge pipeline capacity will be back to 100 percent.