The Bedford County Utility District began construction of its natural gas system in May, 2000. Actual transport and sale of natural gas by the District began on January 3, 2001. The District receives its natural gas through its gate station located on the East Tennessee Natural Gas Company corridor line to Shelbyville, Tennessee. The District has approximately has in service approximately twenty eight (28) miles of natural gas pipeline operating in its system, one (1) gate station and two (2) regulator stations. The District is scheduled to bring on line by December, 2001 another eight (8) miles of pipeline. The District anticipates having approximately three hundred (300) residential customers and three (3) large commercial customer by the winter of 2001. These current facilities were funded by $1,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00 revenue bonds through Rural Development, USDA.
The District has procured an additional $1,500,000.00 funding via Rural Development, USDA revenue bonds for extending natural gas service for the winter of 2002.