New York-based utility Con Edison has reached agreement to expand the natural gas supply reaching its Westchester County facilities via an existing pipeline.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline will provide increased capacity from its existing system to Con Edison’s distribution system. The pipeline entity will upgrade its compression facilities outside of New York.
“This project offers a reasonable, sensible approach to allow an orderly transition to the renewable energy future we all desire,” said Tim Cawley, president of Con Edison. “The solution provides the time needed to improve non-pipeline technology and make it widely available. The additional natural gas capacity will continue to support economic growth in our region, while reducing reliance on heating oil and the need for locally delivered compressed and liquid natural gas.”
The deal could help end the utility’s moratorium on gas hookups in Westchester County. Subject to the necessary approvals, the incremental capacity could be placed in service by November 2023.
The deal allows for greater natural gas capacity without construction of a new pipeline. Con Edison also is continuing its $223 million Smart Solutions program for customer who want alternatives to natural gas, including electrifying heating systems, upgrading HVAC controls, installing geothermal heat pumps and/or weatherizing homes.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of investor-owned utility holding company Consolidated Edison. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline is a series of pipelines running from Texas and Louisiana through the eastern U.S. to New York and New England. TGP is owned by Kinder Morgan.
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