From Spectrum News 1:

AUSTIN, Texas – Late December’s polar vortex brought freezing temperatures to Texas. It also left some Atmos Energy customers without heat.

Atmos Energy said in a statement to Spectrum News that it plans to provide reliable services all year, but “fell short for some of our customers who experienced interruptions in their natural gas service. That is not acceptable.”

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, called an investigation into Atmos Energy last week. A spokesperson said in an email to Spectrum News that “the situation was caused by pipeline capacity constraints for parts of Atmos’ system due to extremely high demand. This led to low gas pressure in localized areas…”

Beth Garza with the R Street Institute said the state could incentivize or invest in building more plants during the next legislative session.

“There’s not enough natural gas infrastructure to supply the needs of its biggest state as we have become,” she said.

[E]xperts said we won’t know the true reason for last week’s service disruption until the investigation is complete. The Railroad Commission says Atmos Energy has until Jan. 27 to provide details…

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