MPP Yakabuski Announces Natural Gas Expansion in EganvillePublished on June 10, 2021
MPP Yakabuski Announces Natural Gas Expansion in Eganville
Province makes life more affordable for families, businesses and farmers
NEWS June 10,2021
EGANVILLE — Today, John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke announced that approximately 674 homes and businesses in Eganville will be able to connect to natural gas for the first time thanks to the province’s Natural Gas Expansion Program.
Under Phase 2 of the program, Ontario will allocate $26,169,413 to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system and help make life more affordable in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.
“Our government is making good on its promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities,” said MPP John Yakabuski. “Access to natural gas will help more families and businesses find energy savings, while promoting economic development and job creation across Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.”
The Ontario government is expanding access to natural gas across the province to help keep the cost of energy low for families, businesses and farmers. Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program will allocate more than $234 million to support approximately 8,750 connections in 43 rural, northern and Indigenous communities.
“As part of our government’s plan to make life more affordable, we prioritized broad distribution across Ontario to help as many homes and businesses keep the cost of energy low, support jobs and attract new investment,” said Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy. “With Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion program, we’re putting people first and ensuring Ontario remains open for business. This will be a game-changer for these 43 communities.”
The average household could save between $250 to $1,500 per year in energy costs by switching to natural gas from costlier fuel sources. Businesses are expected to save up to 30 per cent per year on energy costs.
“We’re thrilled that through Ontario’s Natural Gas Expansion Program, Enbridge Gas will bring much needed and wanted natural gas in the most affordable way to more communities across Ontario, including this one,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge Inc. “Natural gas is the most economic way to heat buildings and water, and we are excited to work with local officials and the community to move this project forward, so residents can benefit from the cost savings, and local businesses can be more competitive.”
“This is excellent news for the residents of the Village of Eganville for those that want a clean, more affordable heating system,” said Jennifer Murphy, Mayor of Bonnechere Valley. “This is an enormous investment by Enbridge Gas and the Government of Ontario and will significantly benefit the people living in the Ottawa Valley with stronger infrastructure as our communities continue to grow.”
Construction for projects under Phase 2 will begin as soon as this year, with all 28 expansion projects expected to be underway by the end of 2025.
- Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program will allocate more than $234 million to support 28 new natural gas expansion projects from 2021 to 2026.
- Since its launch in 2019, Phase 1 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program has supported projects that are forecasted to connect over 9,000 customers, in 16 communities, to natural gas.
- Phase 1 and 2 projects are funded through a $1-per-month charge to existing natural gas customers.