RRC works on proactive measures for upcoming winter

The agency issued a Notice to Operators

AUSTIN, Texas –The Railroad Commission of Texas continue implementing legislation to help fortify the state’s energy supply for weather emergencies. The agency aims to take steps to get ahead of the game.

RRC issued a Notice to Operators asking gas facility and gas pipeline facility operators to take all necessary actions as they prepare to operate during winter season 2021-22.

“We want to ensure we have done our best to help protect Texans if there is severe weather next winter,” said Wei Wang, RRC Executive director. “The RRC will work with natural gas operators in preparation for the upcoming winter. We are reminding them of updating their information with their electric providers for critical load serving electric generation, and letting them know of best practices for winter preparation and be prepared.”

The critical load application, an ERCOT form, and weatherization best practices are part of the Notice to Operators that was issued.

The agency will also work with large gas producers, natural gas storage facilities and transmission pipelines around the state on their winter preparedness. RRC inspectors will then visit sites to observe preparedness of operators who are modifying their facilities as they transition from summer to winter operations.