Yankee Gas will break ground on the first large-scale natural gas expansion project in the state at 11 o'clock this morning. Wilton is the first Connecticut municipality to partner with Yankee Gas through the state's Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which was approved by state regulators last year.
The strategy calls for an expansion of the state's natural gas distribution system to provide more residents and businesses with the opportunity to switch to clean-burning, affordable natural gas. Construction to connect Wilton's downtown business district, municipal buildings and schools to the new natural gas line is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.
Wilton's Energy Commission estimates that with the availability of natural gas, the town will save about $500,000 annually in energy costs.