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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
NATURAL GAS FUELING A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT IN CONNECTICUT
Sandy St. Pierre
Yankee Gas celebrates 35th anniversary of Earth Day
BERLIN, Conn., April 21, 2005 (NYSE: NU) –
Since the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, natural gas has been the choice of many Connecticut businesses as part of their commitment to a cleaner environment.
“Businesses across Connecticut rely on clean, efficient natural gas to run their manufacturing processes, helping them to minimize the impact those processes have on our environment,” said Dennis E. Welch, president & chief operating officer of Yankee Gas Services Company. Yankee Gas is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company in Connecticut. “We need those businesses to keep our state competitive and provide the jobs that keep our economy going. We are proud that natural gas is part of the solution for many businesses because it ultimately improves everyone’s quality of life through better air quality, a cleaner environment and economic growth.”
Having a diverse energy portfolio is important to meeting the nation’s energy needs, added Welch. “We recognize that we’re part of the fossil fuel equation, but we’re also part of the solution, along with renewables and other green energy options, that are better for our environment.” Natural gas (CH4) has a simple chemical composition. It is a molecule of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms. Other fossil fuels have a higher ratio of carbon and various sulfur and nitrogen compounds, so they do not burn as cleanly as natural gas.
“Natural gas addresses a number of environmental problems simultaneously,” said Welch. “For example, natural gas is at the heart of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog, acid rain and particulates (tiny dust and soot). The challenge we all face is matching federal and state laws that promote greater use of natural gas for it environmental benefits, with decisions that support environmentally sensitive production of natural gas so that we can continue to meet the growing demand for natural gas from our customers.”
Here are some Connecticut businesses that have made the choice to use natural gas:
Rinaldi Laundry, Waterbury –
This family-owned commercial laundry business started in their Torrington garage in 1966 as a service to friends and neighbors.
Today, Rinaldi Laundry occupies a 22,000 square foot building in Waterbury, using natural gas to fire boilers that provide hot water for the tunnel washing system and heat for the steam ironing equipment. The operation also includes five natural gas-powered industrial dryers and eight space heaters to keep the building warm at night.
Electric Motion, Winsted –
This manufacturer of cabling, wires and other electrical hardware for utility companies uses a natural gas absorption chiller/heater to heat and cool its building. The company chose natural gas because it was a cleaner option for the environment. Instead of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in electric cooling systems, natural gas-fired absorption chillers use lithium bromide or ammonia and water to cool, so the units are safer for the environment.
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville –
Natural gas fuels the central plant that serves the Mohegan Sun Casino and hotel, keeping patrons warm in the winter and with hot water all year long. The Mohegan Tribal Utility Authority manages and services the reservation’s own lands and infrastructure, including power, water and wastewater. The development of the Fort Hill substation and the installation of environmentally-friendly natural gas-fired fuel cells ensure reliable power for the reservation. The ability of office buildings, retail stores, hotels and other commercial and industrial facilities to generate their own reliable supply of electricity with minimal pollution is revolutionizing the energy industry. Some people have dubbed microturbines and fuel cells as ‘magic in a box’ because they provide highly reliable power – up to 99.9999% reliability – with virtually no harmful emissions.
Grove Street Plaza, Darien --
Nine natural gas street lanterns create an inviting ambiance at the newly-built Grove Street Plaza in Darien. The Plaza includes two buildings connected by a natural gas-heated courtyard and a soon-to-be gas-heated fountain. Owner Penny Glassmeyer says that by using natural gas, it will become a year-round, working fountain for all to enjoy. Nestled between the busy Boston Post Road and the Darien train station, the Plaza consists of two buildings that house two retail shops, a restaurant and ten apartments, using natural gas heat and hot water -- keeping tenants and shoppers comfortable. The role that natural gas plays in the Grove Street Plaza renewal effort was made possible by Yankee Gas’ recent system expansion in Darien.
As the cleanest fossil fuel, natural gas can address a number of environmental concerns like smog, acid raid and greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why it’s used to heat homes and businesses and to make every day things like paper, plastics, medicine and food.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut’s energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit
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