Yankee Gas Breaks Ground on First Large-Scale Natural Gas Expansion Project in Connecticut

Aug 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Business

State’s energy policy paves the way for access to cleaner, cheaper fuel

Residents and businesses in Wilton will soon be able to make the switch to clean-burning, affordable natural gas. Yankee Gas is installing a new natural gas pipeline, making Wilton the first community in the state to partner with a utility through Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy. Approved by state regulators last year, the strategy calls for an expansion of the state’s natural gas distribution systems to provide more residents and businesses with the opportunity to choose natural gas.

“Residents and businesses across Connecticut are benefiting from the Comprehensive Energy Strategy enacted by Governor Malloy and the state legislature,” said Tom May, Chairman, President and CEO of Northeast Utilities, parent company of Yankee Gas. “As part of the initiative, we’re working very closely with communities like Wilton to develop plans that will enable us to provide natural gas service to the growing number of customers who want it.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy said, “We created our state’s first-ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy with the goal of providing cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy to Connecticut’s residents. Today’s announcement is Wilton doing just that – reducing energy costs while creating construction jobs in the short-term and putting into place the infrastructure to support a growing economy that leads to long-term job growth.”

The Wilton gas expansion project involves the installation of a 3.5-mile underground pipeline along existing roads to connect natural gas to Wilton’s downtown business district, municipal buildings, the Middlebrook and Cider Mill Schools, the Comstock Community Center, and Wilton High School. Wilton’s Energy Commission estimates that by converting to natural gas, the town will save up to $500,000 annually in energy costs.

“On behalf of the Town of Wilton, we are delighted the natural gas expansion project is now under construction, which will benefit our entire community for many years in the future,” said Town of Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan.

Weather permitting, Yankee Gas will have construction crews working 12-hour days over the next several months to complete the project in a timely fashion. Work will take place at multiple sites along the route until the project is completed. Initial construction includes areas near the high school along Kristine Lilly Way, the downtown business district and Wolfpit Road.

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