February 16th, 2018
The project will bring natural gas to residential and commercial customers in the community
SIDNEY, ME – Summit Natural Gas of Maine (Summit) plans to break ground on an expansion project to Sidney this spring. The project will bring reliable and clean-burning natural gas to residential and commercial customers in the community, including Pike Industries, allowing them to convert their business from oil to natural gas.
“When it comes to energy, the peace of mind of a reliable fuel source is important, which is why we are excited to be bringing natural gas to Sidney. With natural gas, you pay only for what you use and, unlike other fuel sources, it’s delivered directly to your home or business so it’s there when you need it,” said Summit’s Lead Commercial Sales Representative Skye Austin. “We continually hear from businesses that access to natural gas is one of their key considerations when choosing where to locate. We look forward to partnering with the town of Sidney to help strengthen its local economy, while reducing emissions by providing businesses and residents a lower emission fuel alternative.”
"Pike Industries is continuously looking to expand our energy options. Part of our sustainability strategy is to seek opportunities to optimize our energy use and resources. We are investing in our Sidney plant to reduce the amount of energy required in our production process and are excited to add the ability to use a cleaner fuel,” said Pike Industries’ Kevin Folkins.
To help lower the cost of converting to natural gas, Summit and the Efficiency Maine Trust presently offer rebates and incentives of up to $3,550 for residential homes and up to $6,800 for commercial buildings.
For the project, Summit plans to invest over $4.5 million to lay more than 46,000 feet of pipe. Since coming to Maine five years ago, the company has invested more than $340 million to build more than 200 miles of distribution pipe throughout the state. Summit provides natural gas to thousands of residents and most of the schools, colleges, hospitals and municipal buildings in its service areas.
“I’m excited to see Summit’s continued investment in this state and specifically the Kennebec Valley,” said State Senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta). “There is tremendous opportunity for economic growth in Sidney. Hopefully, the addition of natural gas as an energy option to homes and businesses throughout the community will help boost economic activity and opportunity to the region, while reducing emissions by expanding the use of a cleaner burning fuel.”
“Sidney is on the move. This type of investment from Summit and Pike is another great sign of good things to come to that community,” said State Representative Mike Perkins (R-Oakland). “As a small business owner, I know firsthand how important it is to have affordable and reliable energy solutions. This expansion will increase choices for business owners and families throughout the community and should encourage future growth and investment.”
Summit is hosting an educational meeting at the Sidney town office at 6pm on February 21st for residents and business owners to learn more about the project.
Is you are interested in converting to natural gas, please call Summit at 1-800-909-7642 Ext. 6.