A Message From Southern Connecticut Gas As Heating Season Gets Underway

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Oct 242018

Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), remain well positioned to accommodate the growing need for natural gas in their Connecticut service territories this heating season.

The companies enter the 2018-2019 season with access to plentiful supplies of natural gas. These include supplies stored in out-of-state underground facilities, as well as long-term firm pipeline capacity used to deliver it. The companies have also fully stocked their liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities in Connecticut.

The strong supply picture not only allows SCG and CNG to provide safe, reliable service in virtually all weather — including severe cold — but also bodes well for budgets, since long-term firm pipeline capacity accesses low-cost supplies. The gas stored-out-of state was purchased at summer prices and is designed to serve up to 40 percent of winter customer demand.

“If you’re a natural gas heating customer, when you turn up the dial on your thermostat, you probably don’t give a thought to whether there’s enough fuel to get you through a cold snap — as you might if you heated with oil or propane,” said Tony Marone, chief executive officer of Orange-based SCG and East Hartford-based CNG. “We work year-round to ensure we have ample supply and the ability to deliver it safely and reliably to your home or business.”

The two companies design their systems and plan for the ability to serve customers based on the coldest day and the coldest winter of the last 30 years. The companies expect to be able to serve a peak daily demand of 673,000 million British thermal units (Btu) of natural gas, and a very cold winter demand totaling 58,200,000 million Btu.

The companies have multiple tools in their arsenals to ensure a reliable supply of natural gas for customers and prevent spikes in demand from driving prices up during cold weather, said John Rudiak, senior director of energy supply for CNG and SCG.

In addition to ensuring sufficient supply is available from out-of-state production fields and gas storage locations, SCG and CNG also hold long-term “firm” arrangements on interstate pipelines to ensure that they have the ability to transport these supplies to the local distribution system for Connecticut homes and businesses.

Additionally, during peak conditions the companies can inject supplemental supplies into their systems from the two LNG storage facilities they operate in Connecticut. One of these was recently upgraded so that it can produce LNG on-site instead of relying on trucked-in out-of-state supplies; a similar project is underway at the other plant.

When necessary, the companies can also call on “interruptible” customers — usually large commercial or industrial customers — to suspend their use of gas or switch temporarily to another fuel until weather conditions subside. In exchange, those customers receive a special rate consideration.

“These tools and strategies not only help ensure a reliable supply but also help to keep costs down for our customers,” Rudiak said.

SCG and CNG remind customers to be alert to the signs of a gas leak and report any suspected leak to the gas company or 911.

A natural gas leak may be recognized by smell, sight, or sound.

  • Smell: Natural gas is colorless and odorless. For safety, a distinctive sulfur-like odor, similar to rotten eggs, is added so that customers can recognize it quickly.
  • Sight: A white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, or blowing dust are possible warning signs of a gas leak. Customers may also see vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no apparent reason.
  • Sound: A gas leak may create an unusual noise like roaring, hissing, or whistling.

If you suspect a leak, get up, get outside and get away. Do not smoke or operate electrical switches or appliances. Report the condition immediately from a safe location — do not assume someone else will report the condition.

  • Southern Connecticut Gas: 800-513-8898
  • Connecticut Natural Gas: 866-924-5325

The Big Chill Coming to A Neighborhood Near You

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Mar 122014

Ice on a window

Ice on a window

As the storm center passes after 9-11 p.m., cold air from the north will be dragged south into CT.  Temperatures will drop some 20 degrees within the next several hours.

A switch over from snow to sleet and maybe even some snow inland will occur after 3 a.m. Thursday Morning.  Coating to an inch is expected statewide CT other than the immediate shoreline.

Very possible for school delays on Thursday as temps will dip well below freezing by the time most of us wake up.  Very possible for a flash freeze, many untreated roads will be slick.

As far as the day on Thursday is concerned, the precip is done by 12 p.m. on Thursday but temperatures will be maxed out in the mid to lower 20’s with winds from the NW gusting at 40 MPH which will make it feel like the single digits.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone

BRRRR: Frigid Tuesday night, cold Wednesday

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Nov 122013

Cold WeatherBundle up! It is Cold outside!

If you don’t HAVE to go out overnight – Don’t. It is frigid out there.

The National Weather Service states that the skies will be clear and temperature in Orange will only be around 21 degrees.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 13, will be sunny with a high near 37, according to the NWS.

Dress in layers and make sure you cover your head and hands to avoid damage from the cold.

But don’t worry, warmer temperatures in the 50s are expected on Thursday and through the weekend.