City of Augusta Inks Contract with Summit Natural Gas of Maine

City of Augusta is estimated to save more than $600,000 annually

Oct 01, 2013, 14:38 ET from Summit Natural Gas of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As temperatures begin to fall in Maine, so will the City of Augusta's heating costs. Today, Summit Natural Gas of Maine announced the City of Augusta has officially signed a contract with the company to provide natural gas service to all city buildings, including schools, a decision that will save the city $641,464 annually.

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The decision was made by a unanimous vote at the city council meeting in July and the official contract was recently signed by Bill Bridgeo, Augusta city manager. As part of the contract, Summit Natural Gas of Maine will invest $63 million in infrastructure to provide natural gas service in the city of Augusta, for a total of more than 130 miles of pipeline, more than any other natural gas company in the area.

"The City of Augusta has found Summit to be excellent to work with - pragmatic, flexible and fair. The city looks forward to the economic benefits from Summit's commitment to having natural gas available to more than 50 percent of our residents and businesses by 2015, and 90 percent by 2019," said Ralph St. Pierre, City of Augusta assistant city manager and finance director.

Construction crews totaling more than 400 workers are currently working across the Kennebec Valley from Pittston to Madison installing 68 miles of steel pipe and 66 miles of plastic distribution pipe in various communities throughout the region. To learn more about service areas and the construction project, call (855) 353-4433 or visit

About Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.:  

Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. is a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. Summit Utilities, Inc. acts as a holding company that owns and operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.; Colorado Natural Gas, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.; and Wolf Creek Energy LLC. The company's natural gas subsidiaries construct, install and operate natural gas distribution systems in order to provide natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. For more information visit:  

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SOURCE Summit Natural Gas of Maine