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Expanded natural gas service: Good for regional economy in Enosburg

News Release — Vermont Gas
July 22, 2015

Enosburg Falls – Vermont Gas today announced that after more than a year of natural gas service in Enosburg, customers are saving significantly and emissions have been reduced.

Residents and businesses in Enosburg saved more than $655,000 last year by switching from heating oil and propane to natural gas. The community also reduced carbon emissions by an estimated 1,216 tons in the same period, equivalent to the entire annual energy use of 111 Vermont homes.

Vermont Gas expanded service into Enosburg in 2013. In approximately18 months since natural gas arrived in Enosburg, almost 250 homes and businesses have made the switch – about 50% of the homes with access to natural gas. The company expects that number to continue to grow.

“Our expansion into Enosburg is the latest example of our work to offer choice for home heating, cooking, hot water, and laundry to help Vermonters reduce their carbon footprint and save money,” said Don Rendall, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. “Natural gas is about 25% less expensive than heating oil and almost 50% cheaper than propane. On top of that, since January of 2012, we have significantly reduced our customers’ rates by more than 15%.”

Franklin Foods, a regionally significant business with about 100 local employees, was one of the first new natural gas customers in the community. Since it converted, the company, which is the third largest cream cheese producer in the country, has seen significant benefits.

“We were very happy to play a role in bringing this cleaner, more affordable fuel choice to our region,” said Jon Gutknect, president and CEO of Franklin Foods. “Converting to natural gas has helped to strengthen our local company, is helping us to be more competitive in the global marketplace and making a substantial contribution to our environmental goals.”

Vermont Gas has also consulted with the company on energy efficiency, Gutknect added. “Vermont Gas has been a great partner in this effort. They are easy to work with and we know we can count on the quality of their service.”

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Tim Smith, executive director of the Franklin County Industrial Corporation, said expanding access to natural gas continues to be a major boost to the regional economy. “Access to energy that is cleaner and more cost effective helps the economy and the environment. Our success in Franklin County demonstrates that we can grow the economy, create jobs, and advance the state’s clean energy goals,” he added.

For more information about natural gas service and efficiency services offered by Vermont Gas, visit vermontgas.com/efficiency/.


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