Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas announced today that 507 families and businesses in Addison County have signed for service. Vermont Gas said these new customers will save money and reduce their carbon footprint by switching to natural gas service. The company has been installing service lines in Middlebury and Vergennes this summer since officially completing the Addison Natural Gas Project in April. Vermont Gas said will continue installing service lines into new communities in the coming years including Monkton, New Haven and Bristol.
“We are thrilled to play an important role in the Addison County community and offer an energy choice that’s cleaner and more affordable than other alternatives,” said Don Rendall, President and CEO of Vermont Gas. “We are so glad the project is complete so that we can focus on what we do best: delivering great service to our customers, including energy efficiency, to help them reduce their energy needs and save even more.”
Natural gas is a great energy option for families and businesses that want to save money and increase reliability, the company said in a press release. Customers who choose natural gas today can see savings in their heating bills - almost $1,000 per year just by making the switch, VGS said. Customers who participate in the company’s award-winning efficiency programs will also see additional monthly savings, with no worry about running out of fuel or scheduling a delivery.
“I’m extremely pleased to have finally converted my home from oil to natural gas. In addition to the fuel cost savings, I anticipate savings from reduced boiler maintenance and increased heating reliability,” said Nick Artim, of Middlebury. “The conversion process was easy and the Vermont Gas crews were extremely professional. Now I’m ready for the winter.”
Converting to natural gas is easy and affordable. Vermont Gas will guide new customers every step of the way and provide access to the company’s energy efficiency program that offer incentives and rebates on equipment, appliances, and upgrades.
“We’re just getting started with service to Addison County and look forward to serving many more in the community in the coming years,” Rendall said.
Vermont Gas had suffered through cost hikes, protests and construction delays before completing the pipeline. Former Governor Shumlin was a strong supporter of the pipeline, which he saw as an economic and environmental opportunity. The project, which envisioned going to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, NY, and perhaps even to Rutland, was truncated at Middlebury as costs rose here and across the nation. The IP contract was cancelled in February 2015 and there are no plans to extend the pipeline to Rutland.
Virulent opposition came from groups as diverse as landowners, fracking opponents and the AARP. It also fired its first contractor. The original cost of the project was $86 million, it then went to $121.6 million and $153.6 million. Vermont Gas has agreed to cap the ratepayer cost at $134 million regardless of the ultimate cost and absorb the rest.
VGS' Certificate of Public Good was issued by the PSB (now PUC) on December 13, 2013. The 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project began construction in July 2014.
About Vermont Gas
Vermont Gas Systems is a leader in energy efficiency and innovation, offering a clean, safe, affordable choice for over 50,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont’s clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels and with its award-winning energy efficiency programs. For more information about Vermont Gas visit www.VermontGas.com.
Source: Vermont Gas. 8.23.2017