AUGUSTA (AP) — MaineGeneral Medical Center has agreed to buy 10 years' worth of natural gas for its new regional hospital in Augusta from Maine Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.
Chuck Hays, chief executive officer of, told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that natural gas would be the hospital's primary heating source. Using natural gas will save the hospital, which is due to open in late 2013, about $600,000 per year.
Maine Natural Gas started installation earlier this month of a natural gas pipeline in the Augusta area. The agreement with the hospital comes as Maine Natural Gas competes with rival firm Summit Natural Gas of Maine to serve the area.