By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Scores of households throughout Alcorn County may see lower heating bills next winter if they hook up to the natural gas lines that are being extended in various areas of the county.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced in a Monday news conference that the PSC last week approved an expansion for Corinth Gas and Water.
The expansion should reach as many as 200 customers in the next year and includes 600 prospective customers in the Kendrick, Biggersville, Kossuth, Wenasoga and Glen areas.
“Giving Mississippians more energy options like natural gas means giving them more chances to save money,” Presley said. “Rural Mississippi matters and state government should find ways to make sure rural communities have access to basic utility service just like metropolitan areas.”
Trucks will soon be rolling out to begin installations in the communities, said Chris Latch of CG&W. Anyone interested in having access to natural gas for their home or business should call CG&W to express interest, he said, at (662)-286-5519 or (662) 286-2263.
The Alcorn expansion is part of an extensive effort to bring natural gas service to underserved areas. “We’re tracking interest from people in the 33 counties in the PSC northern district and we’ve already had 1,200 responses,” Presley said.
Comparing the cost of natural gas with the most recent lowest cost for propane, Presley said a household that spent $1,000 on propane would likely spend about $250 on natural gas.
“We’re not trying to do anything that would take customers away from propane companies,” Presley said. “But we feel that any time we can give consumers and businesses – expecially small businesses – options, it’s going to save them money.”