The natural gas plant in Yonkers, New York, was built in 2005 and serves as a large storage and distribution facility for Yonkers natural gas to other areas in New York State.
In September 2018, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced that it had issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to allow for an increase in the storage capacity of the Yonkers facility.
Yonkers residents were informed of the proposed rulemaking on March 31, 2018.
In the NPRM, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to increase the capacity of anonis natural gas facility by 30 percent to accommodate the increasing demand for natural gas.
The EPA also proposed an amendment to the Yonker Facility Master Plan, which would allow for a second natural gas station to be built at the facility.
The Yonkers NPRM proposed a number of other changes to the plan, including requiring the new natural gas stations to have at least three times the capacity and provide at least 90 days of uninterrupted natural gas service.
The Yonkers Facility Master Plans were approved by the New Jersey State Assembly on May 15, 2018 and by the state senate on May 31, 2019.
Natural gas prices have fluctuated dramatically since the Yonkkers NPROM was announced, reaching a high of $3.83/MMBtu in September 2018.
The average natural gas price in 2017 was $2.96/Mmbtu.
In October 2018, Yonkers received a total of $7.7 billion in federal, state, and local assistance in FY 2018, including $2 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Natural Gas Facility Master plans will not result in a significant increase in natural gas consumption.
However, the increase in capacity would allow the natural gas infrastructure in the future to provide natural gas services more efficiently and more quickly.
Anonis is one of several natural gas companies that have proposed major increases in the capacity to accommodate natural gas usage.
Anonis also announced that they are building a new natural fuel plant in the state of Louisiana.
The company also announced plans to build a natural gas processing plant in Kentucky.
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