About the Westchester Natural Gas Moratorium
We are no longer accepting applications for new natural gas connections in most of our Westchester service area.
We want to help you find alternative ways to heat your home or business. Get thousands off state-of-the-art heat pump technology, which moves energy from the sun in the air or stored in the earth to provide clean heating, air conditioning, and hot water.
About the Moratorium
We’ve made great improvements to the air quality in our service area with customers converting from oil to natural gas for their heating needs. The demand for natural gas, however, is outpacing supply on the coldest days due to those conversions, preference for natural gas use in new building construction projects, and constraints on interstate pipelines that bring natural gas to customers in Westchester County. These constraints do not affect our existing customers, but limit our ability to serve new customers on the coldest days, when demand for natural gas is at its peak.
On March 15, 2019, we stopped accepting applications for new natural gas connections in most of our Westchester service area.
Westchester Natural Gas Service Area
In the affected area, the moratorium applies to:
- New residential, and commercial and industrial customer gas service connections.
- Incremental firm gas load on existing residential, and commercial and industrial customer gas accounts.
- New gas usage for heating, hot water, laundry, and cooking.
You may still be able to connect to natural gas in Westchester if you:
- Are seeking interruptible service.
- Would like to connect a natural gas-fueled emergency generator.
- Are a small business customer in the food/beverage industry. Email us to find out if gas is available prior to signing a lease. No new services will be installed, but you may be able to use an existing service for cooking.
- Are in the northernmost sections of Westchester County. These areas are served by a less-constrained interstate transmission pipeline
- Are an existing natural gas customer that is planning renovations. You can reconnect your gas service provided that the renovations add a de minimis amount of gas load.
Customers who take over premises that are currently using natural gas will be able to continue taking gas service, although expansion of service will be subject to limitations and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
To be contacted in the future if natural gas becomes available, please email us your contact and equipment information.
We continue to explore opportunities for projects that increase capacity on interstate pipelines that will meet federal, state, and local requirements.
On April 24, 2019, we reached agreement with the owners of an existing natural gas pipeline that serves our facilities in Westchester County for additional natural gas capacity. Once completed, this reasonable, low-impact solution will provide us with the natural gas capacity needed to lift the current moratorium on new gas hookups in Westchester County. Subject to the necessary approvals, the incremental capacity could be placed in service by November 2023.
The moratorium will be in place until we can align demand with available supply.
Natural Gas Alternatives & Incentives
As part of our Clean Energy Commitment, we’re aggressively pursuing reductions in overall energy use by tripling our energy efficiency programs.
We offering thousands off state-of-the-art heat pump technology, making it easier and more affordable for you to heat your home or business without fossil fuels. Plus, if you own a home in the area affected by the Westchester natural gas moratorium, you can receive up to an additional 30% off your installation, on top of our other rebates.
Have questions about the moratorium or need help figuring out which natural gas alternative is right for you?Call us
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