By LUTHER TURMELLE
New Haven Register
Connecticut Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Orange-based Avangrid, is continuing its natural gas distribution line expansion in eastern Connecticut, with the completion of a $5.6 million project.
The East Hartford-based utility recently finished work on an 8-mile natural gas main in the town of Hebron. Work on the expansion project started this spring, according to company officials.
Terri Eller, director of commercial and industrial sales for Avangrid, said CNG officials â€śwere pleased to work with the town of Hebron and regional school district to expand access.â€ť
The new main follows East Street from CNGâ€™s existing distribution network near the Andover town line. The line will serve several school buildings as well as Hebronâ€™s town hall and its fire department.
Hebron Town Manager Andrew Tierney said the town was interested in natural gas service because prices of the fuel are stable and predictable, reducing the likelihood of budgetary surprises.
â€śHaving clean-burning natural gas available in town also supports economic development,â€ť Tierney and the new gas infrastructure becomes part of Hebronâ€™s grand list.â€ť
Using natural gas in expected to produce more that $101,000 a year in savings for the regional middle and high schools located in town. Other town buildings that will be adding natural gas service are expected to save nearly $34,000 per year in energy costs.
The expansion project include a one-time payment of $758,000 from the town and school district to help male the project economically viable, according to officials with the utility. CNG also expects to add natural gas service in Bolton by the end of this year.
Since September 2014, CNG has done gas expansion projects in Coventry, Essex, Deep River and East Hampton, said Michael West, an Avangrid spokesman.
Avangrid is the holding company that oversees all of the U.S. energy companies owned by Spanish utility giant Iberdrola. Here in Connecticut, Avangrid oversees the operations of The United Illuminating Co. and Southern Connecticut Natural Gas.
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