Natural gas expansion coming to South Glengarry

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The Ontario government announced Wednesday that a $ 234 million project to expand natural gas heating services to rural and remote communities will include South Glengarry.

The news release listed the Glendale subdivision in South Glengarry as one of 28 additional projects to be implemented with 77 new connections. The money, raised from a $ 1 per month surcharge for existing natural gas customers, will be used to support the second phase of the project, which could start as early as this year with other projects in the phase beginning by 2025.

“Today we’re celebrating a major milestone in Ontario’s energy history with Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program … We are delivering on our promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities while improving economic development and creating thousands of new jobs,” Premier Doug Ford said in a press release.

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The first phase of the project began in 2019 and, according to the press release, has completed three of the first six projects for Chatham-Kent, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and Saugeen First Nation. Once the projects are completed in the first phase, they are expected to connect over 9,000 customers in 16 rural or indigenous communities.

The province expects over 5,000 jobs to be created through projects in Hamilton and Niagara alone.

“We’re sending a clear message that Ontario is open for business,” said Deputy Secretary of Energy Bill Walker in the press release. Walker was unavailable for comment.

According to the press release, the project is expected to save households between $ 250 and $ 1,500 a year compared to more expensive sources, with companies saving up to 30 percent on their heating bills.

“As part of our government’s plan to make life more affordable, we have prioritized widespread distribution across Ontario to help many households and businesses keep energy bills down, create jobs and attract new investment. This will be a critical factor for these 43 communities, ”said Walker.

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