Governor Laura Kelly issues a State of Disaster Emergency
Joe Denoyer - February 14, 2021 7:51 pm
Governor Laura Kelly issued a State of Disaster Emergency on Sunday due to wind chill warnings and stress on utility and natural gas providers.
The state has experienced bitter winter temperatures and below zero wind chills for more than a week, which has put stress on utility and natural gas providers across the state. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.
“As the extreme cold temperatures continue to affect the region, we are urging Kansans to conserve energy in order to help ensure a continued supply of natural gas and electricity and keep their own personal costs down,” Governor Kelly said.
Because of the sub-zero temperatures which causes an increased energy demand and natural gas supply constraints, utilities are currently experiencing wholesale natural gas prices anywhere from 10 to 100 times higher than normal. Those costs will eventually flow through to consumers, and increase monthly natural gas and electric bills.
Customers can keep these costs down by reducing their natural gas and electric usage at this critical time.