174 Residences Will Have Access to Reasonably-Priced Natural Gas
UGI held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a Growth Extension Tariff (GET Gas), expansion project on Wednesday, May 31 in the Canterbury Estates neighborhood in Upper Allen Township. The event was held at Friendship Park.
The Canterbury Estates project will provide access to natural gas to 174 homes. The GET Gas pilot program is designed to provide natural gas to residential homes and small businesses that currently do not have access to service. This project is part of a five-year, $75 million pilot program.
“I’m pleased UGI chose Upper Allen Township for its pilot program,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) said. “It is a win-win for residents of Canterbury Estates. They now will have another choice for their heating and cooking needs. By dividing out the initial costs to add gas service, those who choose to switch can do so in an economical way.”
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr stressed the importance of expanding natural gas service to additional areas of the state.
“Pennsylvania’s prolific natural gas resources have helped to reduce energy costs across the Commonwealth,” Barr said. “However, due to a lack of infrastructure, not all Pennsylvanians have been able to benefit from this low-cost home heating solution. UGI’s GET Gas initiative will help to address that issue by helping Pennsylvanians tap into and utilize this Pennsylvania resource. This innovative program will expand access to natural gas in an affordable and cost-effective way for both residents and businesses. On behalf of Pennsylvania’s broad-based business community, I’m pleased to support this important project, and, more broadly, both new and expanded infrastructure and markets for all our state’s energy resources.”
“UGI is very pleased to bring the GET Gas program to Canterbury Estates,” Steven Cook, UGI’s Business Development Director -West Region, said. “UGI is moving forward with construction on a number of GET Gas projects throughout our service area in an effort to bring this clean, plentiful, low-cost and locally produced energy resource to more residents and businesses in Pennsylvania.”
UGI is funding the pilot program at an annual level of $15 million a year for five years, for a total of $75 million.
GET Gas allows customers to pay a monthly surcharge over time, avoiding significant up-front cost, when connecting to a new natural gas main extension. Areas served under GET Gas must meet certain minimum program requirements in order to qualify.
Residents and small businesses who are interested in the GET Gas program should visit www.ugi.com/getgas for additional information and an online form to apply as a potential GET Gas customer.
The pilot program is available to potential customers throughout UGI’s natural gas service area, the UGI serves more than 630,000 natural gas customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania.