Summit Natural Gas pulls the plug on plans to expand in midcoast Maine
The company says the project would have created jobs, lowered energy costs and reduced emissions.
YARMOUTH, Maine (WMTW) - Summit Natural Gas of Maine has withdrawn plans to expand service into the midcoast region of Maine. The move comes just a month after the $90 million plan was first announced.
The company said the project would have created 100 jobs and reduced emissions in Maine by 263,000 metric tons of CO2 in the first five years, which they said is equivalent to taking more than 56,000 cars off the road. They said it would have also reduced energy costs for homes and businesses.
“Summit Natural Gas is committed to the communities we serve, our customers and a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Our proposed expansion into the Midcoast would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy bills for businesses and families, and helped to modernize the region’s energy infrastructure,” said Kurt Adams, CEO of Summit Natural Gas of Maine. “While there is strong interest in our service among residential and commercial customers and among many community leaders, it has also become clear that a consensus about the region’s energy future does not currently exist among leaders across all area communities.”
In 2019, the company launched the state’s first renewable natural gas program for customers, which allows customers to match from 10% to 100% of their usage with renewable natural gas.
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