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Freeze Spurs Texas to Give Energy Priority to Homes, Hospitals

  • Utilities may struggle to acquire gas for generators: state
  • Arctic chill seen having ‘severe impact’ on energy supplies
A Texas Hospital's ICU Department As Cases Near 10 Million In U.S.
Photographer: Go Nakamura/Bloomberg

Texas’s top energy regulator adopted emergency measures to ensure households, hospitals, utilities and other “human needs customers” get first dibs on natural gas for furnaces as the coldest weather in decades descends on the Lone Star state.

The measure, adopted late Friday by the Texas Railroad Commission, puts residential customers, medical facilities, schools and churches at the front of the line for gas amid concerns that frigid temperatures will freeze some wells and infrastructure, squeezing supplies of the fuel.