ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York utility that imposed a natural gas hookup moratorium after the state rejected its pipeline plans has agreed to restore gas service and pay $36 million in penalties.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the agreement with National Grid “a victory for customers.”
BREAKING: NYS has reached an agreement with @NationalGridUS to immediately lift the current moratorium on gas service in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn.
National Grid will pay a $36M penalty for the adverse impact of its moratorium.
This agreement is a victory for customers.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 25, 2019
The Democratic governor and National Grid announced Monday that the utility has identified short-term supply alternatives to serve all customers and new applicants for the next two years.
National Grid imposed a moratorium on new gas hookups in parts of New York City and Long Island after New York regulators blocked construction of a $1 billion 37-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York in May.
National Grid said the pipeline was critical to meet rising demand for natural gas in the metropolitan region.