RIPR News
2:36 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

National Grid sees 2nd highest spike in demand for natural gas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says the recent cold snap triggered the company's second highest demand for natural gas in one day.

The bitter cold that blanketed the northeast prompted deliveries of 4.55 billion cubic feet of natural gas from 10:00AM Sunday morning and 10:00AM Monday. One billion cubic feet can satisfy Delaware's need for natural gas for a week.

"And even this one day snap, while we were close to setting a record a single day will not have that great an impact on supply or ability to meet customer demand," says National Grid spokesman David Graves.

Graves says the highest demand came in January 2004 when demand spiked at 4.57 billion cubic feet. The cold blast sent temperatures down below zero in Rhode Island.

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