Decreasing temperatures appear to be compounding an already rough situation for FortisBC.
While the natural gas utility is already struggling to recover from a pipeline explosion that has led to a significant supply shortage, the cold weather could signal increased heat usage.
Currently, pipeline operators Enbridge, are attempting to increase the capacity of their pipeline to 80 percent, but the process has been a slow one.
According to Fortis, customers generally push their supply during the winter months when operating at 100 percent capacity.
There is hope for the company and its customers however, as a request to reserve energy has resulted in a 20 percent drop in usage so far.