Vermont Gas to Expand Natural Gas Service to Enosburg

July 17th, 2013 (franklin)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vermont Gas — July 9, 2013

Vermont Gas to Expand Natural Gas Service to Village of Enosburg

600 residential & business customers could save $1.5 million per year, reduce GHG

emissions by 1,900 Pounds per year

Vermont Gas Ground-Breaking at Franklin Foods

State and local officials attend Vermont Gas ground-breaking at Franklin Foods. Speakers included: Nord Brue, Chairman, Franklin Foods, Governor, Peter Shumlin, Don Gibson, President and CEO, Vermont Gas, and Tim Smith, Executive Director FCIDC

Enosburg Falls, Vermont— Vermont Gas is adding 14 miles of natural gas distribution pipeline that will provide a more affordable, cleaner and safe energy option for 490 residential and 110 commercial customers in the Village of Enosburg.

The pipeline, which will be buried underground, is expected to save local customers as much as $1,500,000 per year while reducing their annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by almost 1,900 pounds. Natural gas currently costs 40% less than fuel oil and 53% less than propane, and it’s one of the cleanest energy sources for thermal processes and space heating.

Vermont Gas’ $2.8 million expansion project, announced at a July 9 ground-breaking ceremony at Franklin Foods in Enosburg Falls, is expected to be completed early this fall.

“As Vermont’s only natural gas utility, for decades we’ve been helping more than 45,000 customers in Franklin and Chittenden counties reduce their energy costs and emissions,” said Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas. “We’re working hard to meet increasing demands to bring more affordable, cleaner and safe options that can help empower communities like Enosburg.”

State and local officials were on hand for the ground-breaking ceremony at Franklin Foods. “The expansion of Vermont Gas’ network in northern Franklin County is great news for residents and business owners alike.  This infrastructure investment will provide a choice to Vermonters who have previously not had the option of natural gas for heat and process fuel, spurring economic development and opportunity in this area,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.

In addition to bringing the benefits of natural gas to Enosburg Falls Middle School and Enosburg Falls High School, one of the largest customers will be Franklin Foods. The company, founded in Franklin County in 1899, is the third-largest cream cheese producer in the country and is known for its excellent quality and dairy innovation.

“To remain competitive and to share Franklin Foods products across state and national borders, we need to partner with organizations like Vermont Gas that understand the importance of reducing infrastructure costs, while promoting the long-term values of the brand,” said Nordahl Brue, Chair of Franklin Foods. “We’re pleased to be working with Vermont Gas as we continue our mission to Re-Invent Cream Cheese® for today’s consumers and culinary professionals.  Besides, what’s not to like about natural gas; it’s cleaner for the environment and cost a lot less.”

“Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation is excited about the arrival of natural gas to Enosburg, the economic impact for businesses and residents alike will be significant, said Tim Smith, executive director.  FCIDC has advocated bringing natural gas service to Enosburg and we are thankful Vermont Gas Systems is now making it happen”.

In Vermont, natural gas residential customers can save up to $2,000 per year when compared to fuel oil or propane; eligible low-income Vermont Gas customers can receive an additional 20% discount. The company’s long heritage for safe and reliable operations includes its award-winning energy-efficiency programs, which reduce energy use while saving Vermont homes and businesses more than $13 million every year.

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