Contact:  Gene Guilford
For Immediate Release January 23, 2013

Natural gas utilities all over the Northeast, including in Connecticut, began issuing notices yesterday to their interruptible natural gas customers informing them that the utilities are curtailing their natural gas service as temperatures are dropping. Utilities cannot supply all their customers and when that happens, interruptible customers are the first to lose their natural gas supply service.

Below is an example of such a notice from Consolidated Edison in New York.

From: Doyle, Michele []
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 3:15 PM
Subject: Message from Con Edison - Interruption of Gas Sales and Transportation Notification Customers - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:00 A.M. until Further Notice

For Your Information
Con Edison is interrupting Gas Sales and Transportation Notification Customers beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. until further notice.
The following message is currently being sent to Customers via telephone, fax, email and text message.


Michele Doyle
Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.
111 Broadway, Suite 1601
New York, NY 10006
(w) 212-466-8240<>

Con Edison is interrupting all dual fuel notification SALES AND TRANSPORTATION gas customers effective TUESDAY- JAN 22-2013 starting at 10:00 AM.

As an Interruptible or Off-Peak Firm Sales and Transportation gas customer, you must switch to your alternate fuel by 10:00 AM, TUES-JAN-22-2013, and remain on your alternate fuel until FURTHER NOTICE.

This notice is for all Interruptible and Off-Peak Firm notification Sales and Transportation gas customers whether they purchase their gas from a Marketer, ESCO, or from Con Edison.

Any use of natural gas during this interruption will be considered Unauthorized Gas and subject to penalties.

If you experience any problems that will prevent you from switching to your alternate fuel, please leave a message on our GAS INTERRUPTION HOTLINE at 212-460-3459. You may email us at<>, or fax us at 718-246-3241. Notification of an equipment problem will not exempt you from unauthorized use charges and penalties.


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.