FortisBC customers use 15 per cent less natural gas than custom, which helps to alleviate the disruption caused by a magnificent obstruction from Enbridge's large transfer pipe to the north of & # 39 Prince George on October 9.
Large industrial customers could be cut short if weather is cooler, Fortis warned Thursday, although Enbridge has repaired the 91-centimeter pipe and has been granted the National Energy Board's consent to increase pressure on the line i 85 percent
"It really depends on time and depends on the weather as we arrive in December and mid-January," said Doug Stout, Fortis vice president of market development and external relations. "Usually, when we get our coldest weather".
Stout said that a combination of weather and conservation efforts in November contributed to the use of drop-in gases.
He said that industrial consumers who are able to change fuels, such as cement plants and pulp mills, said.
In addition, there are not some power plants in Washington and Oregon that would normally run at this time of year because natural gas prices did not skate following the edge of Enbridge, says Stout, which also helps to relieve pressure on this system.
Fortis CEO, Roger Dall & Antonia said the utility has also increased gas purchases on its southern system.
"Although the risk has dropped, it's still up until the pipe (Enbridge) returns to the normal service," said Antonia Dall in a news release.
Fortis does not still have as much natural gas as it would normally expect from the Enbridge transfer system at this time of year and a long period of cooler weather could shorten industrial customers short, says Dall & # 39 ; Antonia.
At the moment, however, Stout said Fortis's storage facilities – the natural-natural gas facilities available in Delta and Island of Vancouver and have underground storage in Washington and Oregon – are full, "and this is where we should be at this time of year. "
The situation is better than it was a week ago when Fortis warned that the drop-in temperature below the seasonal norms and several day bars would cause utility to relax to & # 39 The stored gas that is expected from cooler weather in December and January.
Stout said Fortis had been paying more to buy natural gas for customers during the impairment, but December before the utility will present its next interim rate application to B.C. The Utility Commission which will indicate how much the cut will cost.
At this point, B.C. Hydro does not expect that it will face increasing demand for electricity from people who switch to electric heaters as they resist thermostats on gas furnaces.
"An additional heating load will probably be offset by a reduction in the use of electricity from large industrial customers due to natural gas constraints," said a spokesman for Mora Scott's hydro in an email statement. However, the electric utility is in touch with Fortis and "closely monitors the situation."