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Natural Gas Expansion FAQs

  • Natural gas is a superior value. Keeping in mind the heat value difference, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports the average price of fuel oil in Connecticut is $3.87. The equivalent price for natural gas is $1.80. In addition, a new natural gas system could increase your home heating efficiency by as much as 30%.

    Natural gas is environmentally friendly. Natural gas emits lower greenhouse gases. It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel; it’s more efficient, in turn, better for the environment.

    Natural gas is safe. Like all forms of energy, natural gas must be handled properly. Yankee Gas maintains more than 2,000 miles of gas pipelines to deliver natural gas safely, reliably and efficiently. Distribution companies such as Yankee Gas perform ongoing assessments of pipeline integrity and repairs.

  • Yes.

    It may cost more to extend a pipeline from your home to the main. The cost for laying the pipe will vary depending on the distance, obstructions, if there are any, and the number of people who want natural gas who are in the vicinity of the main. Extending the main for a customer who is more than 150 feet from the main often provides the opportunity to connect other customers who are also close to the main. This can reduce the cost and make it more economical for the customer and the company.

  • Yankee Gas is developing additional and new cost-saving tools to help interested customers convert to natural gas. Those savings tools will be further discussed and refined by regulators, and once approved they will become available to customers.

  • Marcellus ShaleThe resources come from large deposits of shale within the United States. The Marcellus Shale formation, which is located in the Appalachian region (WV, OH, PA, NY), is one of the most prolific and economic shale locations in the world. It has the potential to increase natural gas availability and reduce natural gas prices. CT may also receive natural gas from shale formations as far away as Texas and Louisiana. As a result, shale gas has dramatically transformed the U.S. energy market in the last five years.

  • Each customer situation is different and energy needs vary for each family/business. Factors such as location, size of home, equipment choice, etc., all matter in the total cost of your conversion. The state and utility companies have proposed additional opportunities to mitigate the total cost of residential and business conversions. Various financing options are being discussed and some or all of them will be available in the coming months.

  • We have many decades of natural gas reserves. The natural gas resource base is large, estimated to be 2,170 trillion cubic feet, enough to meet America’s diverse energy needs for another 100 years. Natural gas is primarily a domestic energy source. Some of the supply we use is less than 300 miles from Connecticut. In 2012, 94.5 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States was produced in the U.S.

  • Natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel because it produces emissions much lower than those of other fossil fuels like coal or oil. In short, it’s a cleaner burning fuel. A natural gas heating system emits 20 – 25 percent less carbon dioxide than an oil heating system. If Connecticut were to achieve even a 50 percent penetration for gas heating in the state, total carbon emissions could be reduced by approximately 1 million tons annually.

  • The Governor’s strategy document states that no state tax dollars will be used to supplement the cost of extending gas pipelines to residential or commercial customers. Yankee Gas is developing a series of proposals that could provide additional options to customers.

  • Natural gas is efficient. Ninety-two percent of the natural gas produced is delivered to customers as usable energy. In contrast, 32 percent of the total energy used to generate electricity from coal reaches consumers.

  • If your house is close to the main, converting can be easy. Barring any underground obstructions, there may be no expected payment to the utility company for connecting to the gas system.

    If a customer already has gas to the home but is not using it for heating purposes yet, it will be less expensive to convert the heating system to natural gas.

    It’s important to remember, the choice and cost of heating equipment, appliances and contractors to perform the job are the responsibility of the customer. Just as with any purchase, your choice will affect your cost.

  • We are converting customers to natural gas every day. It’s best to convert early and beat the rush in the fall. If you are a potential customer who lives 150 feet or less from a main pipeline, you can call our Energy Experts at 1-855- OIL2Gas (855-645-2427) or go to www.yankeegas.com/availability and find out if gas is in your area.