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Oil to Gas Conversions

As part of Mayor’s Bloomberg’s PlaNYC’s goal of cleaner air, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection issued new regulations in 2011 which restricted boiler emissions through the permitting process. (A copy of the rule can be found here.)  Essentially, this regulation will phase out the burning of both #4 and #6 heating oil in boilers in New York City by 2030. (This dirty heating oil releases damaging particulates into the air and has been linked to health issues.)

Con Edison is participating on the City’s Clean Heat Task Force (comprised of utility representatives, business leaders, housing representatives, developers and environmental activists) and has created a new department under Gas Operations headed by Nick Inga to work with potential customers interested in converting from dirty heating oil to natural gas, which is a cleaner fuel choice. (Of course, customers in Manhattan can choose to convert to steam for heating/cooling needs, supplementing the existing portfolio of prominent steam customers.)

Our representatives will work with the City and other stakeholders to streamline the conversion process. We are currently working on a pilot program in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan, using Columbia University as an anchor customer.

Con Edison provides gas to Manhattan, the Bronx, parts of Queens and Westchester. The increase in customers from oil to gas conversions is expected to increase the demand for gas supply in the city in the years to come.

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