600 Residences Will Have Access to Reasonably-Priced Natural Gas
UGI held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the company’s largest Growth Extension Tariff (GET Gas), expansion project today in the Borough of Riverside, Northumberland County. The event was held at the Riverside Borough Hall, 301 Dewart Street.
Chairman Gladys M. Brown of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) served as the keynote speaker for the event. In total, the GET Gas project will provide access to natural gas service to more than 600 homes. Work commenced on Riverside project in the fall of 2015.
“A number of things are very clear about natural gas — Pennsylvania has an abundant supply; homeowners and businesses across the state are lining up for access; and the PUC continues to challenge utilities to help more consumers tap into this lower-cost and cleaner-burning fuel,” Chairman Brown said. “Programs like UGI’s GET Gas initiative have been strongly encouraged by the Commission, and it is a pleasure to see yet another Pennsylvania energy success story moving forward.”
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.
Riverside is the first “unserved” area that benefitted from GET Gas in Northeast Pennsylvania. UGI will invest more than $3 million to serve the residents of Riverside over the life of the project.
“UGI is very pleased to bring the GET Gas program to Riverside,” Robert Stoyko, UGI’s Vice President of Customer Relations, 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 617,000 natural gas customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania.