(Wyomissing, Pa.) – New equipment and training for first responders, as well as agricultural education and food assistance, represent a few of the efforts PennEast Pipeline Company LLC (PennEast) is proud to support through its most recent Community Connector Grant awards.
Announced today, PennEast has awarded 16 Community Connector Grants totaling $85,000. Since its 2014 inception, the PennEast Community Connector Grant Program has invested $325,000 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities.
“PennEast is proud to help support community organizations where we live and work – across the Garden and Keystone states,” said Peter Terranova, chair of the PennEast board of managers. “Whether donating time or funds, PennEast is committed to being a good neighbor. Supporting our first responders, as well as community and environmental organizations, is a priority.”
The latest PennEast Community Connector Grants include funding for new emergency vehicles, equipment for a new fire truck, protective equipment for firefighters, emergency communications equipment, and food programs – to name a few. Grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations on the basis of need, fulfillment of program guidelines and proximity to the proposed PennEast Pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The following not-for-profit organizations have been selected to receive grants:
• Bear Creek Volunteer Hose Company
• Commission on Economic Opportunity Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living
• Diligent Fire Company #3
• Exeter Borough Fire Department
• Hecktown Volunteer Fire Company #1
• Laflin Borough Volunteer Fire Department
• Lake Harmony Rescue Squad Ambulance Corp.
• Lehighton Ambulance Association, Inc.
• Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company
• Northampton County Emergency Management Operations Center
• Pennsylvania FFA Foundation
• Pennsylvania Hunters Sharing the Harvest
• Southeastern Volunteer Fire Company #1
• White Haven Rescue Squad
• Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department
• Wyoming Borough Volunteer Hose Company #1
“We are grateful to be selected as a PennEast Pipeline Community Connector Grant recipient,” said John Plowman, executive director of Hunters Sharing the Harvest. “PennEast’s $5,000 grant will provide approximately 20,000 meals and helps us continue our 25-year commitment to assisting people throughout Pennsylvania.”
PennEast’s Community Connector Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to:
• Support first responders and emergency management;
• Improve community safety;
• Conserve important local habitat;
• Enhance open space, recreational areas and wildlife habitat;
• Preserve community culture and heritage; and
• Support environmental and/or energy education programs.
Representing a nearly $1 billion investment, this 118-mile, primarily 36-inch, underground pipeline will reduce energy costs and support thousands of jobs with clean-burning, American energy. The PennEast Pipeline will originate in Dallas, Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, and terminate at Transco’s pipeline interconnection near Pennington, Mercer County, New Jersey.
For additional information on the Community Connector Grant Program and eligibility requirements, visit http://penneastpipeline.com/community-investment/.
About PennEast Member Companies:
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company which owns and operates natural gas utilities, as well as retail energy and services, wholesale services and midstream businesses. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
NJR Pipeline Company
NJR Pipeline Company is a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR), a Fortune 1000 company that provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution and asset management. NJR Pipeline is part of NJR’s strong financial profile and ongoing commitment to invest in and own midstream assets, including natural gas storage and transportation pipelines. NJR’s midstream assets are currently comprised of a 50 percent ownership stake in Steckman Ridge – a 12 Bcf storage field in south central Pennsylvania – a stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P. and now equity ownership in the PennEast Pipeline.
Public Service Enterprise Group
Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $10 billion. Its operating subsidiaries are: PSEG Power, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and PSEG Long Island.
SJI Midstream is a direct subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), formed in 2014 to house the company’s interest in midstream business activities, including its equity investment in the PennEast Pipeline project. SJI, an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, operates its business through two additional business segments, as well. South Jersey Gas, one of the nation’s fastest growing natural gas utilities, delivers clean, efficient natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to more than 373,100 customers in southern New Jersey. SJI’s non-regulated businesses, under South Jersey Energy Solutions, promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities – including Combined Heat and Power, Solar, and District Heating and Cooling projects; acquiring and marketing natural gas and electricity for retail customers; providing wholesale commodity marketing and fuel supply management services; and offering HVAC and other energy-efficiency related services.
Spectra Energy Partners
Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is a Houston-based master limited partnership, formed by Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE). SEP is one of the largest pipeline MLPs in the United States and connects growing supply areas to high-demand markets for natural gas and crude oil. These assets include more than 15,000 miles of transmission and gathering pipelines, approximately 170 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage, and approximately 4.8 million barrels of crude oil storage.
UGI Energy Services
UGI Energy Services, LLC is a subsidiary of UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI). UGI Energy Services, LLC markets natural gas, electricity and liquid fuels to approximately 20,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in ten states and Washington, D.C. In addition, it stores and delivers natural gas and generates electricity.