The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that will allow Nicor Gas to include Hopkins Park and Pembroke Township as part of its service territory and construct the facilities necessary to provide service to the area.
Bringing natural gas to the village of Hopkins Park is a longtime, organic initiative driven by the residents of the community and supported by numerous advocates, including state and local leaders like Pembroke Township Supervisor Sam Payton, Hopkins Park Mayor Mark Hodge, and Illinois State Rep. Jackie Hass and State Sen. Patrick Joyce, national organizations like Rainbow PUSH, and businesses like Nicor Gas.
We are proud to work with the community and bring natural gas as a low-cost, reliable and safe energy source for those who want it, while bolstering economic and infrastructure investments that could lead to job creation. Without this energy choice, residents are forced to use propane, wood burning and other potentially dangerous heating methods that pose health risks and fire hazards.
The introduction of natural gas as an energy choice is a milestone for the community. Nicor Gas would like to thank the state and local leaders who have collaborated on this historic initiative to bring equity and choice to the community with natural gas – a clean and affordable energy source that eight out of 10 Illinois homes chose to cook and stay warm with. Soon those within Hopkins Park who want it, will have that energy choice too.
Engineering design is underway on the Hopkins Park/Pembroke Expansion Project that would install natural gas infrastructure in the apparent road rights of way. Once the design process is completed, all necessary permits are received and all necessary land rights obtained, Nicor Gas can begin construction.
In the coming weeks and months, the company will continue engaging the community by conducting informational sessions so residents, homeowners and business owners can ask questions about the project and learn how natural gas as an energy choice can save money, conserve energy and safely and reliably provide warmth when needed most. In February, these sessions will be held at the Pembroke Public Library every Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about the Hopkins Park/Pembroke Expansion Project, including dates for upcoming information sessions, please visit continue to check back here at nicorgas.com/pembroke.
In February 2022, Nicor Gas will host information sessions every Thursday to answer questions.
Pembroke Public Library, 12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
If you cannot attend a session, you may still submit your comments in various ways:
Local drop off box for comments will be located at:
Village of Hopkins Park Administrative Office
13043 E. 2260 South Road
Pembroke Township, IL. 60958
Convenience & Reliability
You can rest assured knowing that your day won't be interrupted by power outages or service disruptions. Since natural gas is transported through underground pipelines directly to your business, you'll always have a reliable supply of energy. Unlike common electric power outages, a disruption in natural gas service is an extremely rare occurrence.
Natural gas is the cleanest burning of all the fossil fuels. Composed primarily of methane, the main products of the combustion of natural gas are carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same compounds we exhale when we breathe. Coal and oil are composed of much more complex molecules, with a higher carbon ratio and higher nitrogen and sulfur contents. This means that when combusted, coal and oil release higher levels of harmful emissions, including a higher ratio of carbon emissions, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2).
Natural gas is transported through a complex network of pipelines that begin at natural gas production sites and runs all the way to your home or business. Nationally, the natural gas industry spends more than $6 billion each year to maintain the system's excellent safety record, developing innovative new ways to make sure that the energy you rely on is safely transported to you.
Efficient and Economical
On average, natural gas costs much less than other forms of energy and it is the least expensive method for heating and cooking. The higher efficiency and lower price of natural gas may significantly reduce your annual energy bills.
Let us know if you'd like to consider the benefits of natural gas in your home or business by completing a short survey and entering code PEM020.
Choosing natural gas for your home is a decision that can really pay off. Illinois homeowners could save up to 70 percent on their energy bills by switching to natural gas heating and water heating from other energy sources. And when you consider that heating and water heating typically make up two of the largest energy expenses for your home, it just makes sense to better understand how much you can save with natural gas. Calculate your potential saving now!