News Release — Vermont Gas Systems
May 13, 2014
Vermont Gas Systems
Vermont Gas will hold its third introductory open house event for Phase 3 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project on Thursday, May 15th from 5 PM to 8 PM at the West Rutland Town Hall.
“We’re grateful to Vermont Gas for its strong commitment to Rutland, and for involving us so early in the process to ensure that it runs smoothly and our residents and businesses can realize the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas as soon as possible, said Jamie Stewart, Executive Director of REDC.
Local residents will be able to meet one-on-one with Vermont Gas employees at “topic tables” where they can learn about converting to natural gas, energy efficiency and how natural gas can help families and employers cut their heating bills by about 50 percent.
“Our two previous open houses in Rutland County were great successes and we look forward to this Thursday’s event in West Rutland,” said Stephen Wark, director of communications for Vermont Gas. “People who come to this open house will have the opportunity to talk to our representatives about the project, how Vermont Gas can help the regional economy, and why we believe Rutland County deserves the same economic and environmental advantages Chittenden County has enjoyed for nearly 50 years.”
In addition to reducing Vermont’s reliance on foreign oil and propane, the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project will save towns money by reducing energy costs and paying millions of dollars in property taxes that can be used for public schools and other municipal services.
Following this open house, Vermont Gas expects to schedule additional educational opportunities and launch a multi-town working group to discuss routes that will maximize the economic and environmental benefits as planning for Phase Three moves forward.
In December, Phase 1 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project received a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board to transport natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury. Phase 2, which is currently being reviewed by state regulators, will bring cleaner, more affordable natural gas to parts of Cornwall and Shoreham, and then to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
By extending natural gas service to the Ticonderoga mill, Vermonters will save $45 million of the cost to deliver natural gas to Rutland by 2020 – 15 years sooner than would otherwise be possible – and help keep good-paying jobs in the region, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality throughout the Champlain Valley.
Phase Three of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project will bring natural gas to homeowners and businesses in Rutland County.