December 2019 Vol. 74 No. 12


Report Blames R.I. Winter Gas Outage on Low Pipe Pressure

Rhode Island public utilities regulators say a natural gas outage that affected more than 7,000 customers last winter was caused by low pressure in a pipeline.

The 74-page Division of Public Utilities and Carriers report released in late October blamed the low pressure on high demand for gas driven by low temperatures; failure of a power system at a liquefied natural gas storage and vaporization facility; and a malfunctioning valve at a meter station.

The agency says it will oppose efforts by National Grid to recover $25 million in costs related to the outage from ratepayers.

Thousands of residents of Newport and Middletown went without gas or heat for days last January.

National Grid in a statement said it didn’t agree with everything in the report but has been working hard to learn from the outage.

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