Letter to Honorable Richard Glick, Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Luetkemeyer, MO Delegation Send Letter to FERC Regarding Dire Gas Shortages Caused by Weather
Dear Chairman Glick,
On behalf of our constituents, including residents, farmers, and businesses in Missouri, we write today to raise a
dire situation relating to natural gas shortages in Missouri and across the Midwest as the increase in energy
demand continues to strain the electric grid. We wanted to make certain that you and your fellow
Commissioners are aware of the concern in an effort to ensure there is a continued supply of affordable natural
gas in Midwest states.
Due to the surge in energy demand across the state, residents have been experiencing electricity outages, rolling
blackouts, and controlled service interruptions during an incredibly precarious time as temperatures continue to
drop. Our offices have also received information suggesting that limited supplies of natural gas are also
exacerbating the situation and are forcing utility providers to find alternative sources of energy during this time
of emergency in an effort to provide reliable sources of power to residents and customers to heat their homes
and keep businesses from operating or manufacturing.
We appreciate the initial steps that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have taken to date in opening a joint inquiry on the impacts
of severe winter weather on grid operations. We respectfully request FERC to expeditiously review the
circumstances of this situation as it relates to natural gas supplies, the rates of interstate transmission of natural
gas, and take the necessary steps needed to address this crisis. In light of these challenges, we need to ensure
there is an adequate supply of affordable energy and natural gas for families, farmers, and businesses in
Missouri and the Midwest. We look forward to working with you and stand ready to assist in any way possible.
Thank you for your attention to this critical matter.