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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants to keep winter blackouts from happening again

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – It’s increasingly urgent to protect Oklahomans from sky-high utility prices when Mother Nature decides to deliver a winter blast.

You may remember the winter arctic storm last February when many people experienced frozen water pipes. Thousands of Oklahomans are dealing with prolonged power outages. A few months later, utilities are paying sky-high prices in the spot market for natural gas, ultimately passing those costs on to us.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission held a meeting Tuesday morning where the three utility companies presented their new and improved winter action plans.

“I think the most important thing is for customers to know that utilities are taking steps to try to prevent and avoid what happened last year,” said Commissioner Dana Murphy.

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The Corporation Committee does not want a repeat.

It’s not enough just to let the public know that we need you to preserve, and we need you to do something about it. “But also, if there is some indicator of a price change, at least try to give some early warning about that.”

For the sixth time this year, utility providers explain their new strategy. Those plans include training to mobilize staff when bad weather rapidly hits, installing more windscreens, weather-protecting wind turbines, retrofitting old plants to operate in the weather. ice.

Another key, is the availability of natural gas at a reasonable cost.

“I think I’ve heard things that I haven’t really heard before about on-site fuel storage,” Murphy said.

Murphy told KFOR Oklahoma is known for its ability to prepare for tornadoes, but federal agencies are now requiring the state to mandate winter preparedness.

Murphy said the consortium committee is focused on making sure the grid doesn’t freeze, choking off natural gas supplies. She told News 4 that while they can’t control gas prices, utility companies can turn to speculation and hoarding of gasoline to help control costs.

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-corporation-commission-wants-to-keep-winter-rolling-blackouts-from-happening-again/ The Oklahoma Corporation Commission wants to keep winter blackouts from happening again

JACLYN DIAZ

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