WILTON, Conn. -- A little more then three months after a splashy announcement that brought Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to Wilton and three weeks before it was expected to be completed, Yankee Gas announced Monday it has finished construction of a 3.5-mile-long pipeline that will bring gas to businesses, institutions and residents in town.
Wilton’s new pipeline now connects natural gas to the downtown business district, municipal buildings, the Middlebrook and Cider Mill Schools, the Comstock Community Center, and Wilton High School.
“We are delighted that this major utility project was completed one month ahead of schedule,” said Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan. “After new boiler installations are finished, we expect to save an estimated $450,000 to $500,000 per year in future energy costs. These future savings each year will allow us to offset inflationary cost increases in other expenditure areas in our community, which will be very helpful.”
Wilton is one of the first communities in the state to partner with a gas utility through Connecticut's Comprehensive Energy Strategy, the initiative that calls for expansion of the state's natural gas distribution system. The installation of the pipeline allows Wilton and Yankee Gas to explore ways to provide more residents and businesses with the benefits of this efficient and economical fuel choice.
“Thanks to excellent collaboration between town leaders and our project team, we were able to make this new natural gas pipeline a reality,” said Tom May, chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities, parent company of Yankee Gas.
“Expansion projects like these will not only help Connecticut residents and businesses lower their energy bills, but also offer an economical fuel choice at a time when energy prices are on the rise in New England.”
The project that began Aug. 1 was slated to be completed by the end of November, but good weather helped speed the project's construction, Brennan said.
One business is already looking forward to the savings.
“We’re pleased that our energy conversion is now complete,” said Joe Dostilio, senior property manager at The Davis Cos. “The transition from oil to natural gas will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively for our tenants.”
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