275 Homes Will Have Access to Natural Gas
UGI held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the company’s largest Growth Extension Tariff (GET Gas), expansion project in central Pennsylvania in the community of Allendale, Lower Allen Township. The event was held at Christ Presbyterian Church is 421 Deerfield Rd, Camp Hill, 17011.
Commissioner Robert F. Powelson of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and Robert F. Beard, president and CEO of UGI Utilities, Inc., served as the major speakers for the event.
“Across the state, consumers are clamoring for access to natural gas – anxious to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s new role as a low-cost energy hub – and the Public Utility Commission has strongly encouraged utilities to find innovative ways to bring more energy choices to unserved and under-served communities,” Commissioner Powelson said. “As a member of Governor Corbett’s successful Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, I am extremely pleased that programs like UGI’s GET Gas initiative are able to offer more energy choices to consumers. I am equally thrilled to see a situation where residents joined together to voice their strong interest in bringing natural gas service into their neighborhood, demonstrating that consumers play an important role in energy development throughout the Commonwealth.”
In total, the GET Gas project will provide access to natural gas service to more than 275 homes. Work commenced on the Allendale project in late May.
“UGI is very pleased to bring the GET Gas program to Allendale,” Beard 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.”
- Edward Black, President of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, also offered comments regarding the expansion of natural gas in the area.
Allendale is the largest “unserved” area benefitting from GET Gas in Central Pennsylvania. Allendale was also one of the first communities that expressed interest in GET Gas and helped successfully launch the program across Pennsylvania. UGI will invest more than $1.1 million to serve the residents of Allendale over the life of the project.
UGI’s GET Gas program has drawn considerable interest from potential natural gas customers since the PUC approved the program as a pilot in February 2014. 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.
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 617,000 natural gas customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania.