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SoCalGas asks customers to conserve gas to stave off winter shortages

Southern California Gas Co. asked customers to lower their natural gas consumption until further notice to lower the risk of energy shortages during the winter with the Aliso Canyon storage facility still not fully operational.

The advisory, issued under a warning program ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission in the wake of the Aliso Canyon outage, asked customers across the Sempra Energy utility's service territory to cut their natural gas use through measures such as lowering thermostats to 68 degrees or below and using cold water to wash clothes, according to a Dec. 18 news release.

In addition, SoCalGas issued a systemwide curtailment watch to large commercial and industrial customers, including electric generation plants, in case of interstate pipeline supply disruptions.

The advisory was created to address concerns about regional energy reliability brought about by the moratorium on injections at SoCalGas' Aliso Canyon facility after the massive gas leak at the site, which was plugged in early 2016.