Gas crisis emergency plan announced: Plan aims to avert leaving Southcentral homes in dark, cold
October 2, 2009
Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan announced an emergency plan for averting a gas crisis this winter that unaddressed could leave homes in Southcentral without electricity and heat. The plan got lots of coverage so I won’t go into details here beyond giving you the links to the stories. The gist of the problem is that on a really cold winter day, when demand for heat and electricity spikes, there won’t be enough gas to maintain pressure in the lines. Too little pressure and the gas stops flowing, kind of like how a balloon loses its oomph as it deflates. The emergency plan involves monitoring the pressure, and putting out public alerts to have utilities and residents cut back their energy usage before we reach critical point.