Vermont Gas Celebrates 50 Years

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member Vermont Gas celebrates 50 years of choice and opportunity.  Based in South Burlington, Vermont Gas is celebrating 50 years of bringing clean, affordable natural gas service to families, businesses and institutions.  The company first began serving customers in 1966 and today provides service to 18 Vermont towns, with expansion planned to several more communities in 2016.

Don Rendall, President and CEO of Vermont Gas commented “As we look forward, this company is committed to bringing energy choice and opportunity to Vermont families and businesses to reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency, and expand alternatives such as renewable gas from landfills and dairies. We will do all this while maintaining affordable and competitive rates.”

VT Gas also recently announced that it has reached an exciting milestone and now provides service to over 50,000 families, businesses and institutions. In this 50th anniversary year, the company expects to add 1,100 customers in its existing footprint and complete the Addison Natural Gas Project, which will extend service from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes in 2016. 

Vermont Gas will increase investments in efficiency by becoming a designated energy efficiency utility (EEU), starting February 1. Over 30,000 families and businesses have participated in the company’s nationally recognized efficiency programs. Those customers, in just two of Vermont’s counties, avoid emissions equal to 3% of Vermont’s cars and light trucks while saving more than $14 million in energy costs. The company expects another 2,000 customers to participate in 2016. 

Further, Vermont Gas will help bring renewable gas to Middlebury by connecting to a manure conversion project in Salisbury, and by offering renewable gas to customers starting in latter 2016. 

“The state of Vermont last week announced a comprehensive energy plan that reinforces aggressive goals for carbon reduction and renewable energy by the year 2050,” stated Rendall. “By taking the steps we plan for 2016, Vermont Gas reaffirms its role as one of Vermont’s leading companies committed to reducing carbon emissions and encouraging the growth of renewable energy.” 

About Vermont Gas

Vermont Gas Systems is a leader in energy efficiency and innovation, offering a clean, safe, affordable choice for almost 50,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin and Chittenden counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont’s clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels and with its award-winning energy efficiency programs. For more information about Vermont Gas visit www.VermontGas.com.