Residents and business owners in the Coram Road section of Shelton will soon be able to take advantage of the benefits of natural gas, as Eversource begins construction to expand the gas distribution system there. Once the $3.8 million project is complete, those in the area will have the opportunity to join nearly 6,500 of their neighbors who already use clean-burning and affordable natural gas.
“We’re always working to provide energy when our customers need it and this project in Shelton 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 Shelton expansion project is being done in two phases. The first phase involves installing more than 8,000 feet of underground pipe along Coram Road, Sunset Drive, Dogwood Lane, Angell Avenue and Newport Avenue. More than 17,000 feet of line will be installed in the second phase on Westminster, Manton, Woonsocket, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, Wells, Beecher, Golec and Milne avenues; Sandford, Keron and Plaskon drives; Plaskon Drive Extension, Ivy Lane, Sharon Court, Weybosset Street, Toas Street, Broc Terrace and Brookside Terrace Extension. Eversource works cooperatively with community leaders and customers to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate with other roadwork happening in the area. Drivers may experience delays due to alternating, one-way traffic.
The project is now underway and weather permitting, crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first phase is expected to be finished in late December while the second phase will get underway in early 2018.
New customers will be able to use natural gas for home heating, water heating, clothes drying, cooking, as well as barbecuing, fueling fire pits, 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.
To make the change to natural gas even easier, Eversource is now offering discount pricing on a range of standard and high efficiency boilers, furnaces and water heaters. The Value Price Program (VPP) packages include permits, labor and removal of old equipment. New customers will also be able to participate in several energy efficiency programs Eversource offers through Energize Connecticut.
For information on all energy efficiency programs, visit www.energizect.com or call 877-WISE USE. To learn more about switching to natural gas, VPP and Eversource’s expansion efforts, visit Eversource.com or call 1-855-645-2427.