DOVER, Del., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Utilities today announced the signing of an agreement with Dogfish Head of Delaware to provide natural gas service to their Milton, Delaware brewery. Dogfish Head is one of the largest craft breweries in the Mid-Atlantic and now a Sussex County tourist attraction.
"Dogfish Head has been growing their operations at an amazing pace," said Jeffrey Tietbohl, Vice President of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK). "Along with this growth, they have maintained a great relationship with the community which is something we are proud to be associated with."
"With natural gas we can expand our operations while also reducing our carbon footprint," said Greg Christmas, spokesperson for Dogfish Head. "We believe this is a significant benefit for both companies and the community." The switch to natural gas will reduce Dogfish Head's carbon emissions by over 15%. In the last three years, the customers that have switched to natural gas in Sussex County have reduced carbon emissions by over 16,000 tons per year. This equates to 2,900 less cars on the road. Chesapeake Utilities is continuing to address the needs of larger commercial and industrial customers in Sussex County, Delaware who are demanding natural gas, because of its cost relative to alternative fuels, as well as its environmentally friendly features.
Natural gas supplies nearly one-fourth (24%) of all energy used in the United States and is a highly reliable, domestic energy source serving over 64 million residential customers and over five million commercial enterprises in the United States. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of the natural gas used in the United States is produced in North America. Natural gas is the cleanest fuel readily available on the market today. It is far more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly than other alternative sources when used in the home for heating and cooking. The direct use of natural gas can help the United States reach its carbon reduction goals; and its abundance as a domestic resource means that our country has enough natural gas to last more than a century, making it the clean energy to meet tomorrow's needs.
Chesapeake Utilities' natural gas distribution operations serve approximately 120,200 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Delaware, Maryland and Florida. The Delaware division serves southern New Castle County and is the only natural gas distribution system serving Delaware's Kent and Sussex counties.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake's businesses is available at www.chpk.com.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Tietbohl, Vice President
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
SOURCE Chesapeake Utilities Corporation