City of Hesston Notice
"Due to extreme weather conditions, the City of Hesston has received notice that demand for natural gas is exceeding the pipeline ability to deliver natural gas to the consumer. As a result, we have received a "system critical notice" asking us to conserve our usage wherever possible until Monday, February 10, 2014.
As the demand for gas increases, so does the price. To offset the demand for increased quantities, gas is purchased off the "spot market" to make up the difference from previously forecasted needs. Generally, spot market gas prices have been very competitive, around $4.50 per MCF, but we have seen recent pricing ranging from $9 per MCF to $31 per MCF, with prices expected to reach as high as $50 per MCF.
All cities throughout the state are being asked to implement conservation measures. Residents and business owners are asked to reduce their consumption by lowering their thermostats and taking other measures to conserve gas. If reductions are not realized the next step that could be taken by natural gas companies is to issue an "operational flow order" and imposing very high penalties for excessive usage. Thank you for your cooperation!"