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Natural gas shortage affects Calif. power supply

Posted: February 6, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Extreme cold in much of the U.S. has caused a shortage of natural gas supplies to Southern California power plants. Above, an ice covered tree fell in Philadelphia Wednesday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's power grid operator has asked for voluntary conservation of power because the extreme cold in much of the United States and Canada has caused a shortage of natural gas supplies to Southern California power plants.

The California Independent System Operator issued a so-called Flex Alert until 10 p.m. Thursday.

The natural gas shortage is only impacting Southern California power plants, but authorities say statewide electricity and gas conservation will help free up both electricity and gas supplies.

Flex Alerts are usually associated with power demands for cooling during California summers.


ricketzz: Posted: February 7, 2014 6:31 a.m.

And they want permits to export NatGas? We are destroying the Heartland so Foreign Oil Companies can sell our gas to our economic rivals across the water?

When it's 5 degrees in South Texas houses burn down and pipes explode.

chico: Posted: February 7, 2014 6:54 a.m.

What about the windmills and solar panels - they are not enough are they? Did legislators think this through?

The next time you get a call from a solar company - ask them - what will they do if energy prices go down?

Because energy prices can go down FOR EVERYBODY and it won't be because of wind and solar.

The poor and middle class are getting hosed by these policies - and then people try to convince them a corporation is to blame, and not a politician - the one who actually legislated higher energy prices and the mess we are in now.

Very sad indeed.

Carlitos: Posted: February 7, 2014 9:11 a.m.

The answer is home methane production. Eat more beans.

UsualSuspect: Posted: February 7, 2014 4:19 p.m.

@Carlitos, most farms in Northern Europe are heated by methane. They build the house with a basement for the livestock in the winter. The livestock's waste heats the house and provides the hot (Really warm) water.

Carlitos: Posted: February 7, 2014 7:20 p.m.

That's a code violation here.

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