Contact:  Gene Guilford gene@ctcema.com
For Immediate Release January 23, 2013

 
MEDIA ALERT!
**NATURAL GAS SHORTAGE BECAUSE OF SEVERE COLD WEATHER! 
 
**WHAT UTILITY COMPANIES AREN'T TELLING YOU.
 
**BUSINESSES IMPACTED INCLUDE  UCONN MEDICAL CENTER AND YALE UNIVERSITY
CONTACT: Shelly Sindland
CEMA
860-992-9045
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2013

When temperatures dip near or below zero tonight,  will you and your family be able to keep warm?

Severe cold weather has utility companies from New York to Connecticut scrambling to keep up with the escalated use of natural gas. Utilities in both states are asking "interruptible customers"  to change from natural gas to oil heat to conserve natural gas usage. In Connecticut, local suppliers say UCONN Medical Center in Farmington and Yale University are  being asked to turn off their natural gas or else face "penalties."

Gene Guilford, President of Connecticut Energy Marketers Association or CEMA, says this only fuels the fire that home heating oil is more reliable and that the endless supply of natural gas that utilities boast of is a bogus, empty promise.

" This just acknowledges the fact that utilities don't have enough natural gas to go around despite their empty promises. This needs to be a serious wake-up call for state leaders considering a 6.8 billion dollar state energy plan which would only increase the utility monopoly stronghold in Connecticut by converting more homes in Connecticut to natural gas. What will happen then when there's not enough natural gas to go around and the state has put even more home heating oil dealers out of business with this plan? What will happen then?" ~Gene Guilford, CEO & President of CEMA.

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CEMA represents more than 585 Connecticut based independent businesses. These businesses serve more than 650,000 heating fuels consumers, employ 13,000 Connecticut citizens at the majority of our state's 1,400 motor fuels outlets and 600 heating fuels retailers. CEMA's offices are at 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell, CT  06416. 

For more information about today's Press Release, contact Gene Guilford.