The Neighborhood Gas Main Extension Program provides a means for homeowners to act as a group to have their neighborhood considered for the extension of natural gas service.
How the Program Works
How the Program Works
- The Gas Division will identify potential projects from requests from residents.
- The Gas Division will attempt to identify a resident in the neighborhood to act as the neighborhood coordinator to collect the necessary paperwork and act as the “champion” for the project.
- The Gas Division will work with the neighborhood coordinator in surveying the homeowners in the potential project area to determine the number and location of potential customers and their level of commitment.
- At a minimum 25% of homes located along the selected path of the potential main extension MUST commit to installing at least one (1) natural gas appliance within six (6) months of the natural gas service being made available to the home. An additional 25% of homes along the selected path of the main extension must request in writing a desire for natural gas to be made available to the neighborhood and a willingness to consider converting to natural gas at a future date.
- A primary natural gas appliance is one of the following:
- Water heater
- Clothes dryer
- Central furnace / natural gas heat pump
- Secondary natural gas appliances (May require a charge for service line installation unless a primary appliance is also installed)
- Pool or Spa heater
- BBQ Grill
- Emergency generator (permanently installed w/transfer switch)
- Gas lights
- Fireplace or fire pit
- Gas Division staff will work with the neighborhood coordinator to evaluate the results of the survey to determine the geographic area of the potential project and the possible routes for the gas main extension.
- Gas Division staff will determine the financial feasibility of the best potential route based on the number and types of gas appliances committed to be installed and by those homeowners requesting gas availability.
- Gas Division management will determine if the potential project has enough long-term demand to proceed with consideration of the capital investment.
- Gas Department management will seek the necessary internal City approvals for selected projects.
Gas Division staff will coordinate the installation of gas mains and service lines with the homeowners who have committed to installing a natural gas appliance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q How does this program work?
A After we receive several inquiries from homeowners, or at the request of a homeowner who volunteers to act as a neighborhood coordinator, the Gas Division will survey the other homeowners about their interest in having natural gas service. If there is sufficient interest in a neighborhood, the Gas Division will work with the interested homeowners to put together a project for consideration by the City. If approved, the Gas Division will extend its gas mains and service lines to the interested homeowners.
Q How long will it take to get natural gas service into my neighborhood?
A This will depend on a number if things;
• How long it takes to reach the minimum required commitment levels
• Actual size and scope of the project
• Whether Commission approval is required to fund the project
It is expected that small projects will take several months, while larger projects could take up to a year.
Q What does it cost to have natural gas installed in my home?
A There is no cost for the installation of the gas service line to the side of your home, if you install at least one of these gas appliances; water heater, range, clothes dryer, or furnace. There may be a charge for the service line if you only install a generator, pool heater, or a BBQ – the cost for the service line will be based on the distance from the main. You will need to obtain a cost estimate from a contractor to install the gas piping from the outlet side of the meter to the gas appliance. The typical meter location is on the outside wall of the garage.
Q Can the Gas Division install the necessary gas piping from the outlet of the gas meter to the gas appliances?
A No - Homeowners will need to contact an independent contractor to obtain estimates for installing gas piping to the gas appliances. The typical meter location is on the outside wall of the garage. It is recommended homeowners obtain at least one estimate for gas piping prior to the start of the installation of the gas main.
Q Can the City recommend qualified contractors?
A No - The City does not recommend specific contractors.
Q Does the City offer rebates or incentives to replace electric appliances with natural gas appliances?
A Yes – Water Heater - $525; kitchen range - $100; clothes dryer - $100; gas furnace - $625.
Q What happens if a homeowner commits to installing a natural gas appliance, but later finds they are unable to honor that commitment?
A They may be assessed a charge. This will depend on whether the homeowner withdraws their request before or after the service line is installed to their home. The amount of the charge, if any, may be determined prior to the start of the installation of the gas main extension project.
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