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The Danville News

May 5, 2014

Live in Riverside and want natural gas? Tell UGI

RIVERSIDE — If gas company UGI can find 356 potential customers in Riverside, the borough has a much better chance of gaining access to natural gas, according to a borough council member.

Council member John Domanski updated the council at their May 5 meeting on the likelihood of bringing cheaper natural gas to the community. Under UGI’s GET Gas program, people who want to receive natural gas can share their address at UGI.com/getgas or by calling 1-800-276-2722. The borough needs at least 356 interested households, but the more who respond the better.

“The more potential customers they have in Riverside, the more likely we’ll be one of the first municipalities to take part in the GET Gas program,” Domanski said. UGI is looking to start the GET Gas program, which will bring natural gas to unserved or underserved communities, this September. Domanski expects UGI to select communities in July.

UGI also would want to bring their costs down to $10,000 per household in Riverside before expanding natural gas to the borough, Domanski said.

To bring down costs, the borough asked solicitor Joseph Michetti to draft a resolution to waive for UGI the open trenching fee of $50 per opening usually associated with installing new gas lines. The borough will also map out the location of unpaved roads in the borough, which will be cheaper to install gas lines under.

The borough will mail letters to residents who previously expressed interest in natural gas. The letters will explain how to let UGI know they are interested in the service.

The surcharge for natural gas under the GET Gas program is about $44.90 a month, Domanski said, with a savings of about $1,500 a year over current costs.

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