Speakers at the event included:
- Pamela Witmer – Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner
- Cindy Beeman – Director of Susquehanna County Interfaith
- John Cherundolo – First resident in Susquehanna County receive natural gas in his home
- Mike German – President & CEO of Corning Gas
- Dennis Phelps – Director of TREHAB
- Russell Miller – Vice President, Gas Supply & Marketing for Leatherstocking Gas Company
- George Stark – Director, External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Facts and figures
For those not familiar, natural gas service in Susquehanna County is a new opportunity for both businesses and residents in the area. Not only is the abundant production lowering natural gas, propane and home heating fuel bills, it is lowering energy bills across the country. Here are some of the major talking points discussed during the presentation:
- Residents living in the Tiffany Pines units are saving 30-35% on their heating bills due to the use of natural gas – Dennis Phelps
- John Cherundolo, the first residential customer in Susquehanna County saw a return on his investment of switching from propane in 15 months
- Susquehanna County Interfaith’s recent move to a new location was partial made possible due to the affordability of heating the building by natural gas. They are able to pass these savings in energy bills along to their customers through various programs.
- The lower cost of propane and home heating fuel thanks to Marcellus Shale production also allows for the agency to purchase more fuel for families in need through their Heat Share program.
- The shale gas revolution in PA has resulted in ripple effects across the Commonwealth. The savings since 2008 for natural gas customers averages $100 per month – Commissioner Pamela Witmer
- Leatherstocking Gas Company was the first new company approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission in 40 years
- Thanks to the natural gas production in places like the Marcellus, the estimated savings seen across the country are $1,800 per year
And as Russ Miller from Leatherstocking explained, the plan is to continue investing in natural gas infrastructure and converting homes and businesses while attracting new businesses to the area. He also reminded the audience of the desire to grow infrastructure just over the border into New York state.
Click the below links to watch the news coverage of the event.