OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Garry Mize, R-Guthrie, responded to an emergency order Tuesday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regarding Oklahoma’s natural gas and electricity supply.
“I appreciate the decision by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to encourage the reduction of natural gas and electricity across the state to ensure our essential services can continue to serve Oklahomans and keep as many homes as possible safe and comfortable during this winter weather.
In difficult times, Oklahomans always rise to the occasion, and I encourage Oklahomans to reduce their natural gas and electricity usage as much as possible to ensure the natural gas infrastructure and electric grid are not overwhelmed.”
At the request of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Public Utility Division (PUD), the state’s three Corporation Commissioners approved an emergency order Tuesday to help gas suppliers and power generators stabilize the electric grid and natural gas infrastructure.
The order gives suppliers the ability to reduce gas service to certain large customers in order to maintain infrastructure and meet the demand for natural gas for such essential services as power generation and residential heating. This action ensures essential service for public safety and welfare during this ongoing weather crisis.
On Feb. 12, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a disaster emergency caused by severe winter weather in all 77 Oklahoma counties.