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UGI Penn Natural Gas Helps WEDCO Receive $1 million Pipeline Investment Program Grant For Waymart

09.15.2018

Honesdale, PA - The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $1 million Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) grant to Penn's Northeast member Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) to assist with developing natural gas infrastructure in parts of Canaan Township and Waymart Borough, Wayne County.

 

Waymart Borough and portions of Canaan Township do not currently have natural gas service. The project proposes to install 27,092 feet - just over five miles - of natural gas distribution lines from the existing line in Canaan Township that serves the federal penitentiary on Canaan Road to and throughout Waymart.

 

This extension will make natural gas available to 52 commercial and 451 residential customers, including the area’s largest employers and the R.D. Wilson Elementary School.

 

Total project cost is $2,031,900. UGI Penn Natural Gas (UGI PNG) provided the required private match in the amount of $1,031,900.

 

PIPE program

UGI Business Development Director Don Brominski stated, “UGI PNG is excited to work with WEDCO, Canaan Township, and the Borough of Waymart, and we thank the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for approving a $1 million PIPE Grant that will make natural gas service to the residents and businesses in and around Waymart a reality.”

 

This project connects additional areas of Canaan Township and Waymart Borough with the existing distribution network and enables businesses and residents to realize the benefits of this low-cost energy source.

 

Senator Lisa Baker stated ”“This is a key piece of energy infrastructure helping to support jobs, businesses, and institutions in the community. Without this funding, the project wouldn’t be possible. The substantial State grant makes it more affordable and moves up the timetable for delivering benefits to residents and small business owners.”

 

Big win for the area

State Representative Jonathan Fritz said, “I am very pleased that Waymart and Canaan Township will gain access to clean burning natural gas. Additionally, this translates into savings for residents and opportunities for business, both existing and future. It’s a big win for the area.”

 

State Representative Mike Peifer had a part in bringing the benefits of natural gas to underserved communities by helping to author language within the Commonwealth fiscal code that ultimately provided the funding mechanism for the PIPE project. His actions were in part due to a request from Commissioner Joe Adams, then Superintendent of Western Wayne, to assist with making natural gas infrastructure available to school districts.

 

Representative Peifer stated, “The initiative to establish new opportunities for hospitals, schools, and economic development projects originated several years ago during discussion of the fiscal code whereby grants would be issued and monies would be allocated for the purpose of utilizing the benefits of natural gas. It is exciting when a project discussed, such as establishing a natural gas connection to the R.D. Wilson School, comes to fruition.”

 

Commissioner Adams acknowledged the support of local legislators by stating, “I would like to thank State Representatives Mike Peifer and Jonathan Fritz, and Senator Lisa Baker for all their support for the project.”

 

Commissioner Adams further stated, “We had the vision at Western Wayne in our ESCO project to put duel fuel heads in the new heating system at R.D. Wilson so we would be ready when natural gas became available. We are grateful to UGI for stepping up for the required matching money. That match on their part saved the school district over $1,000,000 and additionally provided for the opportunity to use natural gas and save the tax payers hundreds of thousands of additional dollars in heating costs over time”.

 

“It also is extremely exciting for all residents and businesses of greater Waymart,” said Commissioner Adams. “The additional economic growth that can come from this project is a great opportunity as well. This project is private/public partnership at its best.”

 

Many steps ahead

According to WEDCO Executive Director Mary Beth Wood, the next step in the PIPE project is to complete the grant contract process. WEDCO will then start to work with various agencies on finding ways to help businesses and residents connect to the new natural gas distribution lines.

 

“There are many steps ahead of us to ultimately make the project a success, but the award of the PIPE grant is a critical first step,” said Wood. “We look forward to working with municipal officials and UGI to help businesses and residents maximize the benefit of natural gas infrastructure.”


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