DCED Announces Funding to Help Reduce Energy Costs for Residents and Businesses in Bradford, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced three new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), that will bring natural gas energy to households, schools, and businesses in Bradford, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties. Combined, the projects will also support the creation of 2,000 new jobs.
“These projects will help close the gaps for communities that lack access to natural gas, an issue that impacts living expenses, business operations, and quality of life,” Secretary Davin said. “The PIPE program allows Pennsylvanians to take advantage of the abundant natural gas resources available throughout the commonwealth, while saving money, creating jobs, and lowering emissions.”
Though Pennsylvania has a vast network of natural gas pipeline infrastructure, some areas require funding assistance to construct the “last mile” of pipeline to extend that network to business and residents. Created in November 2016, PIPE provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas lines to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new jobs in the commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents. Applicants eligible for PIPE funding include businesses, economic development organizations, hospitals, municipalities, and school districts.
The approved projects are as follows:
Eureka Resources was approved for a $280,000 grant for the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Standing Stone Township. Currently, Eureka uses liquid propane for onsite heating and HVAC-related needs, and plans to construct a 1,200-foot, 4-inch carbon steel natural gas pipeline to serve their facility. The natural gas pipeline will connect with the Scheffler pipeline and will provide natural gas to 66 acres of developable land. Eureka plans to expand its operations and will create 35 new full-time jobs. The total project cost is $560,000.
Oak Tree Development Group was approved for a $154,793 grant to install a distribution pipeline in East Hempfield Township. Oak Tree is planning a mixed-use development, with 125 residential units and approximately 600,000-square-feet of mixed commercial uses, including a medical office, medical facility, and warehouse and distribution space, along with a convenience store, day care center, and club house. At full build out, it is estimated that approximately 1,893 new, permanent jobs will be created. Total project cost is $309,586.
Eastern Lebanon County School District was approved for a $980,666 grant to extend a natural gas pipeline onto its campus in Jackson Township. The campus is currently heated by propane and oil-fired boilers. By extending the pipeline, the district will reduce emissions and its cost of operations, providing service to seven additional small businesses and several properties in the area. Total project cost is $1,961,332.
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132