Grubhub and other gas-powered convenience stores have been shuttering across the Tennessee Valley as the state struggles with a looming electricity crisis.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced that it will end gas and electricity service for the two largest convenience stores in the state and limit service to residents who use a smartphone or tablet to shop and get groceries.
“We are announcing today that we are discontinuing gas and light service at the GrubHub and Grocery Mart stores, effective January 1, 2019, effective December 31, 2019,” the TVA said in a statement.
The TVA does not specify when the stores will be shuttered.
“The stores will remain open as normal,” the statement added.
The announcement comes as the Tennessee Gasoline Supply Association and the Tennessee Utilities Association (TVUA) have launched an online petition calling on the TVUA and TVA to extend the gas and power outage.
The TVUAs statement, however, did not include details on what services customers might still be able to access.
“It will be important to note that the TVUA and TVUA does not have a timeline for extending gas and/or electric service,” the company said.”TVUAs decision is based on current information and a variety of factors, including customer demand, availability of alternative power supplies and other factors.”
The TVA also did not specify whether it planned to reopen gas and lights in the two GrubHubs or other gas powered stores.
The Tennessean first reported on the gas shortage on Sunday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.
A Tennessee Gas Gasoline Supplier Association (TGSAA) spokesperson told Axios that the televisionA has not notified the TGSAA about the service changes, which the organization said are a result of customer feedback.
The spokesperson said the TVPAA will review the TPSA’s decision.
The televisionA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The electric utility has said that the gas shortages have impacted its ability to supply power to homes and businesses.
The Tennesseans utility provider, the Tennessee Public Service Commission (TPSC), has been criticized for the slow pace of the state’s electricity cuts, with utility executives claiming they were slow to take action because they were unable to provide the needed supplies.
In August, the Tennesseians utility provider said it would shut down gas service to nearly 400,000 households, including about 2,000 in the city of Nashville.
The state’s utilities regulator, the Public Utility Commission (PUC), announced in August that it was reducing the amount of electricity it would be supplying to households and businesses by 1,400 megawatts (MW) on August 1.
The reduction comes just weeks after the utility company announced that, effective October 1, it would begin delivering the last of its energy supplies, including electricity to consumers, to about 4.5 million Tennessees homes.