Residents and business owners in New Canaan will soon be able to take advantage of the benefits of natural gas, as Eversource and the town have reached an agreement to expand the gas distribution system there. Over the next three years, Eversource anticipates investing more than $25 million to make the clean-burning and affordable fuel available in the community.
“This project in New Canaan is another example of our efforts to make natural gas available to more communities across Connecticut,” said Eversource President of Gas Operations Bill Akley. “We continue to hear from more and more people who want access to this efficient and environmentally-friendly fuel to heat their homes or businesses, and we’re working hard to make it happen.”
The New Canaan gas expansion project will initially involve the installation of 4.7 miles of underground pipeline along a proposed route that includes State Route 106 and South Avenue (Route 124) to connect natural gas to New Canaan’s downtown business district, New Canaan High School, Saxe Middle School, South Elementary School, Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan YMCA.
“A lot of hard work and conversations took place to make this happen and I am delighted that natural gas expansion is here,” said Town of New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi. “It is a tremendous opportunity for our community and one that will benefit us for many years to come.”
Eversource plans to hold neighborhood forums beginning later this summer to provide project details and information on the natural gas conversion process. Once construction is underway, Eversource works cooperatively with community leaders and customers to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate with other roadwork happening in the area.
New customers will be able to use natural gas for home heating, water heating, clothes drying, cooking, as well as barbecuing, fueling firepits, and even heating swimming pools and hot tubs. In addition to being dramatically cleaner - 30 percent less CO2 and 99 percent less sulfur than heating oil – natural gas is more convenient, requiring no deliveries and no annual system cleanings.
For more information on making the switch to natural gas, as well as Eversource’s expansion efforts, visit Eversource.com or call 1-855-645-2427.