During the past year, Summit Natural Gas of Maine has been working diligently with local community leaders, homeowners, and business owners to share the economic and environmental benefits of switching to natural gas. Summit Director of Business Development, Mike Duguay, fields many questions about natural gas service for homes and businesses at events, rotary clubs, town and city meetings and business conferences, and also while being interviewed on various radio shows and local cable.

Recently, Duguay was a panelist at the My Maine Home series event Savvy Sustainability: Eco-Alternatives held in Portland and hosted by Down East magazine. The new home series connects homeowners with category experts in an informal and fun environment.

The outreach comes as Summit Natural Gas of Maine continues to install natural gas pipelines across Maine. In April, the final connection was made for Summit’s 68-mile steel backbone transmission pipeline from Pittston to Madison. Natural gas service is now available in the communities of Gardiner, Hallowell, Augusta, Waterville, Fairfield, and Madison.

The transmission pipeline took less than a year to build and completes the first year of the company’s multi-year Kennebec Valley project. The planned construction for 2014 begins this month as the company is preparing for a busy construction season with plans to install 85 miles of additional distribution pipeline in the Kennebec Valley region and 66 miles in the towns of Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth.

In total, more than 1,800 residential customers have already signed up with Summit for natural gas service and to benefit from the efficiency rebates available. Additionally, more than 500 commercial customers have signed contracts with Summit, including the city of Augusta, Skowhegan Savings, Inland Hospital in Waterville, Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, and Sappi Fine Paper North America in Skowhegan.

Year 2 of the Kennebec Valley project is underway with a focus on installing distribution lines throughout several communities and the service lines that will connect homes and businesses with natural gas. In 2014, Summit Natural Gas of Maine will be installing more miles of additional natural gas pipelines to residential areas than any other gas company in Maine. The company will continue to make public appearances to share information about the projects and educate people about the benefits of natural gas.

Looking to get natural gas service?

Residents can request service by calling Summit Natural Gas of Maine at 1-855-910-4433 or by filling out a form online at SummitNaturalGasMaine.com. A service line specialist will visit your home or business to explain the easy steps you will need to take to get your heating system ready for natural gas.

To learn how much money you can save by switching to natural gas, visit www.summitbigsave.com.