Special Alert: Operational Flow Order – MES #3

February 17, 2021 – In this special edition of Manufacturing Energy Success, Michael Zaura explains how packaging manufacturers can help relieve stress on the natural gas grid during an Operational Flow Order.

Video Transcript

Hello, and welcome back to Manufacturing Energy Success. This week’s topic was supposed to be on demand response. But, because of the major event that occurred in energy this week, I thought it would be more helpful to cover what has happened and what you can do to help.

What is an Operational Flow Order?

On Monday, Operational Flow Orders (OFOs) were called by natural gas utilities across the country. An OFO or Critical Notice occurs in rare instances when excessive demand puts massive strain on natural gas infrastructure. You may have read about the blackout in Texas and Oklahoma as a result of this.

While we are lucky here to have not experienced anything like that yet, you still may be affected by these orders.

What does this mean for you?

Chances are, you’re going to have higher energy bills not only in February, but possibly in a few months following as well. this is due to extra charges from the utility for any natural gas used above your normal monthly quantities during this critical time.

What can you do?

As a manufacturer, you’re in a unique position — your actions this week can not only reduce your energy usage but also relieve some stress on the grid.

Curtail whatever you can this week. It’s tough to shut off the heat or shut down completely, especially with this weather. But, if you can:

  • Reduce the thermostat a couple of degrees in your facility
  • Turn off some extra lights
  • Idle a production line until the weekend.

These small actions can be a big help to the grid during this time and ensure that energy is delivered to places like Texas and Oklahoma that need it the most.


Thank you for watching! If you have any questions about OFOs or ways to curtail your usage this week, please feel free to reach out.

I’ll be back next week with our regularly schedule programming where we talk about another form of curtailment in the form of demand response. This program is a great way to get some of those dollars back into your budget. Stay warm out there!

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