$1M State Grant Will Support Increased Access to Natural Gas in Centre County

HARRISBURG) – A $1 million state grant has been awarded to support increased access to natural gas in Centre Hall Borough and Potter Township, Centre County, Senator Jake Corman (R-34) and Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-171) announced today.

The money will support the construction of a natural gas point of departure station. The project will result in natural gas service to about six employers and 89 residential units.

“Expanding access of natural gas to this area will help to attract and retain jobs and provide a clean energy option for the residents of these municipalities as well as employers like Hanover Foods,” Senator Corman said. “This grant is an investment in our economy, will help to promote clean and efficient energy options and will improve the quality of life for area residents.”

“This grant will start the process of bringing affordable, domestic and cleaner energy to the residents and employers of rural Centre County,” Benninghoff said. “The goal of this long-desired investment is more jobs for the region and more money in the pockets of hard-working people.”

The grant was awarded by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Pipeline Investment Program. The project will result in a public—private partnership that connects local service a Dominion Energy transmission line to deliver natural gas to the Centre Hall area and Hanover Foods Corporation.

The pipeline will be built by the SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative, Inc., Lewisburg. Columbia Gas will commit the matching required funds of approximately $1 million to complete the point of departure station.