Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise project gives large benefits to small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. At Williams, we appreciate the contributions of small businesses across the state in helping the Atlantic Sunrise project get to where it is today.

Today, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, recognizes small businesses across the country for the vital role they serve in providing jobs and so much more to our communities. Small businesses have played a critical role in the progress of Atlantic Sunrise: 

Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services

During what is historically a notorious winter slowdown, Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services CEO Gail Lehman is left with no choice but to lay off her drivers. This year, that didn’t happen. Because of the Elizabethtown, Pa., company’s work on Atlantic Sunrise, Lehman’s drivers are getting overtime and she’s been able to purchase new equipment.

Warihay Enterprises

In nearby Manheim, Pa., Warihay Enterprises co-owner Rob Warihay Jr. is experiencing similar benefits thanks to Atlantic Sunrise. In a February LNP article, Warihay compared the project and the associated work to “spring in winter.” His employees have maintained a busy 50- to 60-hour workweek due to Atlantic Sunrise — something he says is unusual for this time of year.

Pump N Pantry

Small businesses such as Lehman’s and Warihay’s that are directly working on the project aren’t the only ones seeing the benefits from Atlantic Sunrise. Pump N Pantry President Scott Quigg said his chain of convenience stores has seen an increase in business because of the project and the WillShop Local app, which he called a “great endeavor.”

We say thanks to these and all the other small businesses that have helped to make Atlantic Sunrise a success.

How natural gas sweetens the US energy pie

Today marks Pi Day, an international recognition of the mathematical relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter, but we’d like to take the opportunity to talk about a different kind of pie. Not cherry or apple. Not even chocolate cream. We’re going to talk about the American energy pie.

You might think the U.S. energy pie sounds less appetizing than other options, but it is just as delicious because it makes so many everyday things possible. Without it, your natural gas oven would just be a box with a door. This pie is used by electricity companies to power homes and businesses. Without it, your fridge and other appliances are left depowered.

The recipe for a successful U.S. energy pie requires a healthy amount of natural gas.

In 2016, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that natural gas makes up nearly one-third of our essential energy mixture. As we continue building infrastructure to support additional takeaway capacity, such as the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion, you can expect the number to grow as it has since the earlier part of this century.

The energy pie doesn’t favor one source over others. Williams understands the importance of all energy sources, including nuclear and renewables. Our natural gas works in coordination with other types of energy. For example, the sun isn’t always shining and the wind isn’t always blowing. At those times, electricity grid operators need to generate power through another source.

More and more, they are choosing natural gas. A study last year by economic consultants The Brattle Group for the American Petroleum Institute noted:

… falling natural gas prices and more stringent environmental regulations have led natural gas generation to replace output from coal, and, to some extent, retired nuclear resources.

Why? It’s not just that natural gas is a low-cost, domestic energy source. Natural gas has advantages over other energy resources for the attributes needed for system reliability.

How great does an energy source that’s affordable, domestic and loved by electricity grid operators sound? That’s natural gas. Without it, our nation’s energy pie doesn’t have the right ingredients.

5 tips to spring into energy savings

When you think about spring, you may picture warmer weather, green grass, blossoming flowers and trees filled with budding leaves — or you may think about setting the clocks forward an hour as daylight saving time comes to an end.

Daylight saving time was first enacted in the U.S. during World War I as an energy-saving measure. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that required the U.S. to observe six months of daylight saving time and six months of standard time, or “fall back, spring forward.”

Losing an hour affords us the opportunity to think about how to save energy in our own homes. While Williams is helping to save energy costs with the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion that will bring low-cost, domestic natural gas to more homes and families, you can take some basic steps around your home that could help decrease your energy bills. Here are five energy-saving tips to consider as spring approaches:

Service your heating and cooling units

Having your heating and cooling units regularly serviced can maximize efficiency — and savings.

 

Hiring a technician to maintain and service your heating and cooling systems can help you to save energy and money, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. While more complex maintenance and service are best left to the professionals, you can routinely replace or clean your air filters, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

Clean the fridge

One of the biggest energy hogs in the home is your refrigerator, which can use nearly 14 percent of your monthly energy. By performing a little spring cleaning on your fridge, you can cut down on its energy consumption and your energy bills. Clear dirt and dust from coils, and remove unwanted food to allow better air circulation and increased efficiency.

Use natural ventilation

Natural ventilation is a great way to decrease your electricity bill. Instead of running your air conditioner all night, open your windows to allow in the cool air. When you wake up, shut windows and blinds to capture this cool air inside your home.

Fix hot air leaks

Hot air leaking into your home causes your air conditioner to run more, thus increasing your energy costs. Stop warm air from leaking inside by sealing cracks and openings throughout the home, and add caulk or weatherstripping to leaky doors and windows.

Become a fan of your ceiling fan

Your ceiling fan in the winter should be pushing warm air toward the floor. In the spring, you’ll want to switch the fan’s direction to draw air upward causing it to cool the room and ensure constant air flow. Turn off the fan when no one is in the room.

With these simple tips, you can help save energy and money on your energy bills. Be sure to let your friends and family know how they can reduce energy use by sharing this article with them.

Williams employees: Thank you

Not every company is lucky enough to have employees who take pride in the work they do or care about giving back to the communities where they work and live.

That’s not the case with Williams. We don’t take for granted how fortunate we are to have an energy family that strives every day to help provide energy to millions while helping communities and charitable organizations.

To our Williams family, thank you. Thank you for your tireless efforts each day to make the company a huge success. Thank you for the work you’ve done thus far on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion.

You work hard, but you care about our communities even harder.

Thank you for caring about others. Thank you for helping to raise money for United Way, for donating your time at the holidays to coordinate toy drives, food drives and more and for all you do on #GivingTuesday and Day of Caring.

Today may be Employee Appreciation Day, but we appreciate you year-round for all that you do for Williams and the communities we serve. Our energy family wouldn’t be as strong as it is without each of you.