After Massachusetts explosions, Columbia Gas to pay for customers to switch heating systems

Utility Dive: Columbia Gas customers in the affected areas could understandably be skittish about turning their gas services back on, just weeks after a series of explosions turned neighborhoods into apocalyptic-type scenes. Or they may just be impatient, facing possible weeks without gas for heating or cooking.

Either way, Columbia Gas has said it will reimburse residential customers for "reasonable costs of permanently switching to an alternative fuel source" for appliances or systems that were fueled by gas before the explosions. That could mean anything from fuel oil to emissions-free heat pumps.

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