Columbia Gas expecting 40% more natural gas usage in sub-zero weather


    <p>Gas transmission lines on the west side of Columbus were running full-bore and making quite a lot of noise Sunday evening, as sub-zero wind chills and single-digit temperatures led to Central Ohio furnaces working overtime. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    Gas transmission lines on the west side of Columbus were running full-bore and making quite a lot of noise Sunday evening, as sub-zero wind chills and single-digit temperatures led to Central Ohio furnaces working overtime.

    Kelli Nowinsky, spokeswoman for Columbia Gas, said the company expected to see a 40% jump in natural gas usage, once its own meters are checked after the deep freeze Sunday and Monday.

    Nowinsky explained that the southern transmission station on Renner Road in Hilliard feeds natural gas to hundreds of thousands of customers, and the loud sounds from the station Sunday night meant that gas lines were running high.

    Despite the heavy usage, the company said its system was operating normally.

    "So far, so good," Nowinsky said. "Our crews live for this kind of weather. Our system is definitely getting a work-out today."

    Central Ohio power companies, including AEP, South Central Power and DPP&L were all reporting only small and isolated outages as of Sunday evening.

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