SoCalGas Set Send-Out Record in 2000
Indicative of the demands placed on California's aging fleet of
in-state natural gas-fired electricity generating plants in the
last half of 2000, Sempra Energy's Southern California Gas Co.
utility established its all-time sendout record of 1.142 Tcf,
eclipsing the previous record year (1991) by almost 100 Bcf.
"Overall, we set more than 30 individual records for gas
deliveries and receipts," SoCalGas's head of energy transportation
services, Lee Stewart, told utility employees in a report published
Stewart said the nation's largest gas distribution utility had
no curtailments for any of its customers - firm or interruptible -
which contrasts with its affiliated Sempra utility, San Diego Gas
and Electric Co. Curtailments to its largest customers, including
merchant electric generation plants have occurred several times on
SDG&E's system, during days of all-time peak demand last
November and last month.
Electricity demand for SoCalGas prompted its record as the
gas-only utility transported nearly half of its supplies to power
plants, totaling 521 Bcf, topping a record of 456 Bcf set in 1994.
SoCal officials noted that without its efforts keeping the
pipelines full California's electricity supply problems could have
been even worse.
Richard Nemec, Los Angeles
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