Frequently Asked Questions - Westchester Natural Gas Moratorium
We’ve made great strides in our efforts to improve the air quality in our service area, largely due to customers switching from heating oil to natural gas. The demand for natural gas, however, is outpacing its availability due to interstate pipeline supply constraints coming into a portion of our service area.
We made every effort to explore alternatives to avoid a moratorium on new natural gas connections. While we are advancing new solutions—including substantial reductions in usage by existing customers and deploying compressed or renewable natural gas—we have not identified enough alternatives at this time to meet growing natural gas demand. We will continue to investigate interstate pipeline projects that meet federal, state, and local requirements that could increase available supply.
New applications for interruptible service and natural-gas-fueled emergency generators will continue to be accepted.
To be contacted in the future if natural gas becomes available, please email us your contact and equipment information.
The moratorium is for most of Westchester County. There are municipalities at the northern border of our service territory that are not affected because those municipalities are served by a less-constrained interstate pipeline. See areas affected.
We continue to accept new gas customer applications in New York City. We will continue to monitor increases in customer demand and our ability to meet that demand with traditional supplies or clean alternatives in our New York City gas service area.
The moratorium will remain in effect until sufficient supply is available to meet new demand. That can be through additional non-pipeline alternatives, or a pipeline project that meets federal, state, and local requirements.
We're here to help you find long-term alternatives to natural gas for your heating, hot water, laundry, and cooking needs. Learn more.
Although natural gas is plentiful in the United States, transporting it to our service area is restricted by the lack of adequate interstate pipelines to serve growing demand. The last new interstate pipeline to our service area went into operation in 2013.
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