LANCASTER, Pa. (June 12, 2014) — America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and UGI Utilities Inc. hosted more than 70 central Pennsylvania businesses and community leaders today during a Think About Energy Briefing at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.
The briefing, which featured Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo as keynote speaker, showcased opportunities and benefits available to local businesses converting to natural gas. Attendees learned how the reliability and affordability of increasing natural gas supplies from formations such as the Marcellus Shale offer a new competitive edge to U.S. commercial and industrial customers.
George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an ANGA member company, discussed how independent natural gas production and economic forecasts are showing abundance and stable prices for the next 20 years and are giving businesses confidence to adopt cleaner-burning natural gas.
“ANGA is excited to bring its Think About Energy event series back to Pennsylvania,” Stark said. “We’re asking consumers to think about their energy use. Natural gas is reshaping how we generate electricity, offering new options to fuel our transportation needs, and – as we discussed today – providing businesses energy savings to expand, create new jobs and breathe new life into towns across the country.”
Steve Cook of UGI Utilities provided an overview of the process of converting to natural gas. He also discussed the numerous maintenance and environmental benefits that accompany the cost savings customers are realizing.
“UGI customers are seeing savings of more than 30 percent over their natural gas bills from five years ago,” Robert Stoyko, UGI’s vice president of marketing and customer relations, said. “Thanks to local production from Marcellus Shale, natural gas customers are experiencing an unprecedented period of stable cost and plentiful supply. UGI has seen record growth in the conversion market over the past three years.”
A panel featuring local businesses and commercial users who are taking advantage of natural gas also spoke at the briefing.
Representatives from Fort Indiantown Gap and Shady Maple Companies explained how their facilities converted to natural gas and described the savings they are seeing on their energy bills. Advanced Clean Energy Solutions also presented. They discussed their public CNG fueling station in Lancaster County and the opportunities natural gas offers businesses as an alternative transportation fuel.
About America’s Natural Gas Alliance – Representing North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) works with industry, government and customer stakeholders to promote increased demand for our nation’s abundant natural gas resource for a cleaner and more secure energy future and to ensure its continued availability. Learn more about ANGA atwww.anga.us.
About UGI Utilities Inc. — Headquartered in Reading, Pa., the company serves 660,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information can visit the UGI website atwww.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; and Twitter atwww.twitter.com/ugi utilities.
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