Natural gas is a tremendous resource for Vermont. It helps Vermont
achieve important economic development goals by reducing
energy costs of businesses and residents. It is a clean fuel and its increased use will
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen Vermont’s
dependence on foreign oil.
As part of our work to expand natural gas to more Vermonters,
Vermont Gas has proposed a System Expansion and Reliability
Fund. The Fund has been established on an interim basis
through savings from a decline in the wholesale cost of gas.
The Fund will support future pipeline projects that:
Reduce overall energy costs in Vermont
2. Increase capacity of the existing pipeline system
3. Allow more Vermont communities to receive the benefits of natural gas
4. Improve reliability of the existing distribution and
The first proposed project is an
expansion of natural gas
service to Addison County that increases
capacity and improves reliability of the existing pipeline
system in Chittenden and Franklin Counties.
Vermont Gas has reduced its rates thirteen times since 2008, reflecting a steady decline in wholesale gas
costs. This has
made it possible to establish the System Expansion and
Reliability Fund beginning April 22, 2011 rather than another rate reduction of approximately 5.4% while maintaining
prices that are less than fuel oil and propane. The Fund will
generate approximately $4.4 million each year – which
represents about $5.40 per month for the average residential
With this Fund in place, natural gas is still 44% less than
fuel oil and 55% less than propane.
Please click on the links below for more information about the
customer meetings and system expansion and reliability plans.
Customer Letter - April
gas into more communities
Fuel Costs Comparison Chart
Emissions Comparison Charts
Addison County Independent: Editorial - Natural Gas Good for
Area - April 2011
Addison County Independent: Vermont Gas Eyes County for Pipeline
- April 2011
Burlington Free Press: Governor Shumlin Backs Natural Gas Expansion - April 2011