1,300 NYC Buildings Converted From Oil to Natural Gas in 2013


NEW YORK – The owners of nearly 1,300 large New York City buildings converted from oil to natural gas in 2013, choosing a less expensive, cleaner heating fuel.

The number of large buildings making the switch has grown each year since the city passed its NYC Clean Heat regulations in 2011. That year, 309 buildings converted from No. 4, No. 6 and No. 2 oil. In 2012, 855 buildings converted, and last year 1,293 switched.

The city regulations require customers to stop using No. 6 oil by 2015 and to stop using No. 4 oil by 2030. Though the regulations do not require buildings to stop burning No. 2 oil, many of those customers are making the change to natural gas too, due to natural gas being cheaper on average and more efficient.

Anticipating more growth, Con Edison plans to invest $1.73 billion on gas infrastructure over the next three years. Customers who want to convert for the next heating season may be eligible for incentives that will be available beginning in March. Check out the company’s conversion program and incentives at: www.conEd.com/gasconversions.

Con Edison distributes natural gas to 1.1 million customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester County, making it one of the largest gas distribution companies in the United States.

Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information. For more tips on storm preparation, go to www.conEd.com.


2 responses to “1,300 NYC Buildings Converted From Oil to Natural Gas in 2013

  1. Reblogged this on RO Engineers & Architects and commented:
    Is the full life cycle cost of natural gas cheaper or cleaner than oil? I have seen poorly maintained & inefficient gas fired heating systems and well maintained No.2 oil heating systems.

    Will natural gas stay cheap? Safe bet would be to convert to dual fuel burner; have to option to run on natural gas as well as No. 2 oil with biodiesel blend.

    • Charlie: It is recommended to use a dual fuel burner. As of now we cannot predict whether or not natural gas will remain the least expensive fuel option. For buildings that don’t have access to natural gas due to lack of infrastructure or financing burning No. 2 oil with a biodiesel blend results in emissions that are similar to those of natural gas.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s