The Ontario government is providing more than $68 million to expand natural gas lines in the village of Bobcaygeon in the city of Kawartha Lakes.
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott announced on Thursday that 3,978 homes and businesses in Bobcaygeon will be able to connect to natural gas for the first time thanks to $68,029,650 allocated across the province Natural Gas Expansion Program.
“Our government continues to provide affordable energy by expanding natural gas pipelines to more communities,” Scott said. “Access to natural gas will help more families and businesses save energy, while promoting economic development and job creation.”
Kawartha Lakes City Mayor Andy Letham says expanding access to natural gas provides an alternative energy source that is “clean and affordable for residents and businesses in Bobcaygeon.”
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the province and our MPP Laurie Scott, who has been a champion in helping Kawartha Lakes with the infrastructure support needed to continue to improve services for residents,” he said. “I am delighted that today is another example of Lakes Kawartha working with other levels of government to improve services in our community.”
Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program is allocating more than $234 million to support approximately 8,750 connections in 43 rural, northern and indigenous communities.
The Bobcaygeon project will take four years to complete with customer connections starting in 2024.
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“As part of our government’s plan to make life more affordable, we prioritize wide distribution in Ontario to help the largest number of homes and businesses keep energy costs down, support jobs and attract new investment,” said Bill Walker, associate minister of energy. “With Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion program, we are putting people first and ensuring that Ontario remains open for business. This will be a game changer for these 43 communities. ”
“We are excited that, through the Ontario Natural Gas Expansion Program, Enbridge Gas will bring much needed and desired natural gas in the most affordable way to more communities in Ontario, including this one,” added Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution and Storage, Enbridge Inc.
“Natural gas is the most economical way to heat buildings and water, and we are excited to work with local authorities and the community to take this project forward so that residents can benefit from cost savings and local businesses can be more competitive.”
Construction of the Phase 2 projects will begin later this year, with all 28 expansion projects expected to be underway by the end of 2025.
The province says that currently about 3.6 million homes and 160,000 businesses in Ontario rely on natural gas. The government says an average family could save between $250 to $1,500 a year in energy costs by switching to natural gas from more expensive fuel sources. Companies are expected to save up to 30 percent in energy costs per year.
– More to come
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