The state Senate has passed legislation designed to help spur natural gas infrastucture expansion in Pennsylvania so more homes and businesses can take advantage of the fuel produced in the commonwealth.
Senate Bill 738 would require natural gas utilities operating in the state to submit to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission a three-year extension and expansion plan that would be subject to approval by the PUC, according to a news release.
The bill also would create a system for expedited extension or expansion projects if an economic development agency or large number of residential or business entities want to seek to obtain natural gas service, the release stated. Additionally, potential natural gas customers could spread project costs out over a 10-year period.
Senate Bill 739 would give money from existing, underutilized programs to schools, hospitals and small businesses in the form of grants to help them get access to natural gas service, the release stated.
State Sen. Gene Yaw, a Republican whose district includes all or parts of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, is listed as the prime sponsor of both pieces of legislation.