BANGOR, ME, Dec. 20, 2000 - Maine state Senator Mary Cathcart and Jim Dearman of Orono today became Bangor Gas' first residential natural gas customers. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, local officials joined Cathcart and Dearman, along with Bangor Gas in celebrating the startup of natural gas service.
"We are pleased to begin delivering the benefits of safe, reliable, and competitively priced natural gas to our first residential customers today and plan to expand our system to serve approximately 1,000 more homes in the Greater Bangor area by the end of next year," said Rodger Schwecke, general manager of Bangor Gas. "As construction progresses, more and more people will be able to lower their energy costs by replacing higher-priced fuels for heating, hot water, cooking, clothes drying, and other necessities."
On December 7, 2000, Bangor Gas began serving its first industrial customer, Georgia-Pacific Corporation's paper mill in Old Town. Later this month, the company expects to begin natural gas service to its first commercial customers in Veazie, Orono, and Old Town.
In 1998, Bangor Gas received approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission to provide natural gas service to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 12 communities in the Greater Bangor area. These communities include Bangor, Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Eddington, Hampden, Hermon, Milford, Old Town, Orono, Orrington, and Veazie. Construction of portions of the natural gas distribution system began in the summer of 1998.
Bangor Gas is a unit of Sempra Energy International, which develops, operates, and owns energy projects. Sempra Energy International is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego, with 12,000 employees, revenues of nearly $5.5 billion, and more than 9 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Asia.