Electric/natural gas/steam utility Con Edison said last week it has a deal to end the gas hookup moratorium in Westchester County, New York, a stoppage to new development many fear will greatly slow growth in the county.
The only problem: It’s expected to take four years before hookups resume, Kallanish Energy understands.
Con Edison has a deal with Kinder Morgan unit Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which brings natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico Coast to White Plains, New York, and ties into the Con Edison distribution system. The utility serves 3.5 million gas, electric and steam customers in New York City and Westchester County.
In March, Con Edison announced it would end all new gas hookups, saying its system had reached its maximum capacity, and could not add new customers without threatening continuous service to existing customers.
Between the company’s announcement of the moratorium and its start on March 16, Con Edison received 1,600 applications for firm gas service in the moratorium area.
Now, the utility says Tennessee Pipeline can increase supply by increasing compression without building a new pipeline.
“I’m glad they’re thinking outside of the box,” John Ravitz, executive vice president of the Business Council of Westchester, told CBSNewYork.
“This project offers a reasonable, sensible approach to allow an orderly transition to the renewable energy future we all desire,” Tim Cawley, president of Con Edison, said.
“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.”
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