UGI held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its first “GET Gas” natural gas main expansion project today at a customer residence in the 1400 block of Wynnewood Drive, Lancaster (Manheim Township).
Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission served as the keynote speaker. Representative Steven C. Mentzer, who represents the area as part of the 97th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, also offered remarks.
UGI’s Growth Extension Tariff, also known as GET Gas, has drawn considerable interest from potential natural gas customers since the Public Utility Commission 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. More than 2,000 homeowners, businesses and municipalities have expressed interest in the program through UGI’s GET Gas website at www.ugi.com/getgas.
“UGI is very pleased to kick-off the GET Gas program here on Wynnewood Drive,” Paul Szykman, UGI’s Vice President of Rates, said. “UGI is beginning construction on several GET Gas projects this fall and plans a full schedule of construction in 2015. This program has enabled 43 homeowners in this initial project the opportunity to convert to natural gas prior to the upcoming heating season.”
UGI will fund 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.
Most customers connected under the GET Gas program will be able to use a portion of the savings generated from converting to natural gas service to offset the GET Gas surcharge amount.
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 will be available to potential customers in all three of UGI’s natural gas distribution companies: UGI Utilities – Gas Division, UGI Penn Natural Gas and UGI Central Penn Gas. Together, the UGI natural gas distribution companies currently serve more than 600,000 natural gas customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania.