Con Edison Extending Natural Gas Service in Manhattan and Bronx
Project Will Make It Easier, Cheaper for Customers to Switch to Gas
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/13 -- Con Edison is making it
easier and less costly for customers to convert from heating oil to
natural gas in several new areas in Manhattan and the Bronx. The
company's ongoing gas infrastructure expansion program will allow
customers to lower their energy bills by switching to safe, reliable
and low-cost natural gas.
Customers can call (800) 643-1289 or visit
http://www.coned.com/gasconversions/ for more information about
switching from heating oil to natural gas.
The company is planning to invest approximately $100 million on new
mains, regulators and other upgrades in several neighborhoods in
Manhattan and the Bronx. The improvements will allow Con Edison to
provide more natural gas to residential and business customers for
The neighborhoods in the Bronx comprise parts of: Mount Eden, Laconia
& Pelham Gardens, Riverdale, Fordham, Morrisania, Crotona Park,
Concourse Village and Soundview. The neighborhoods in Manhattan
comprise of: Upper West Side, Midtown South, Inwood, Washington
Heights and Upper East Side. Click here to see a map of the
Con Edison is targeting these neighborhoods based on existing natural
gas infrastructure, building density and customer requests. The
company plans to further expand its infrastructure over the next
seven years throughout its New York City gas service territory in
Manhattan, Bronx and parts of Queens.
"Our customers are discovering the economic and environmental
benefits of switching from heavy fuel oils to natural gas and we want
to do everything we can to make the conversion process easy for
them," said Nick Inga, director of the Gas Conversion Group at Con
Edison. "Building owners who make this choice will lower their energy
bills and contribute to making New York City cleaner, safer and
Natural gas is 40 percent less expensive than oil and burns much
cleaner. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that
natural gas will remain significantly less expensive than oil for the
A New York City environmental regulation phases out the use of
fuel oil by 2015 and No. 4 fuel oil by 2030. The regulation requires
building owners to switch to another heating source, such as natural
Although the regulation does not require the phasing out of No. 2
fuel oil, hundreds of No. 2 oil-heated buildings have switched as
well to natural gas due to the economic benefits.
Con Edison is making it easy for customers to switch to natural gas
-- One department dedicated to serve customers who choose to convert.
-- An updated user-friendly website with helpful tools, such as a
conversion calculator to estimate savings and answers to frequently
-- New online maps with clear, easy-to-read boundaries.
-- Easy-to-follow steps that include conversion timelines.
New Yorkers who switch from oil to natural gas will avoid maintenance
and equipment costs typically associated with oil heat, such as
pumps, motors, filters, and permits. Natural gas is a domestic
resource, piped directly to buildings with no need to rely on fuel
deliveries. Con Edison's approach will allow construction activity to
be coordinated to minimize disruption and noise to the neighborhoods.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED),
one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with
approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $42 billion in
assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more
than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County,
New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service
information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site,
www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of
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