Why choose UPL to install natural gas service in your development community?
- Will partner you with non-profit, member-owned gas coop to provide gas service to new homes.
- Over 20 years experience with over 2,000 miles of pipe.
- Installation timing on your schedule.
- Aggregation of gas purchasing for homeowners.
- Competitive upfront installation costs.
- Eliminate frustrations in dealing with large gas utility companies.
What services does UPL provide?
- Installation of gas distribution lines and complete restoration of surface.
- Operation and maintenance of the gas distribution system and emergency service.
- Maintain compliance with all state and federal pipeline safety regulations.
- Establish and maintain a Customer Service Center for all accounting services, including billing and collection.
- Prepare and file all required governmental reporting.
What are the costs involved?
There are a number of costs associated with the installation and use of a natural gas distribution system. The principal costs and their estimated magnitude are outlined below.
- Distribution System Construction and Surface Restoration
Cost for the construction of the distribution system; the installation of all main distribution lines; and the complete restoration of the surface to its original contour are based on multiple factors and assessed on a per-project basis.
- Residential tie-in cost
Tie-in costs are determined during the appraisal phase of the project. The cost of new projects can vary depending on a variety of conditions including local contractors, ground conditions, and distance from the main distribution line to the home. The cost to tie-in is usually less when the homeowner elects to install their line during the construction phase of the project.
- Application for membership and approval to the Co-op
Residents can apply for membership to join the co-op for a fee set by the Cooperative Board of Trustees; typically the one-time fee has been $25. Only those applicants approved for membership will be invoiced for the one-time fee.
- Monthly Service Charge
The co-op will charge a monthly service fee from each connected residence to offset the administrative and operating cost. This service fee is comparable to the monthly service fee charged by natural gas utilities and compensates the co-op for operating and maintaining the system and providing emergency services. Service fees are expected to range from $8 to $20 per month.
- Cost of Gas
The cost of gas is comprised of two components. The first component is the gas commodity itself. The second is a delivery charge for transporting the gas from its source (Gulf of Mexico or Canada) to the individual homes. This component is comparable to the tariff charged by public utility companies. All gas related charges are billed at actual cost to the co-op members. The total of these two components for previous projects has been comparable to other utility companies and less expensive than most other energy alternative.
How it works.
- One master meter off upstream gas (utility) system.
- Co-op owns and operates system within the development, up to each curb valve and the meter.
- Homeowner owns service line from street to house.
For more detailed information regarding service and newly constructed homes please download our builders' packet.