The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has chosen the Edmonton Power Corporation or EPCOR to be the service provider for natural gas in southern Bruce County.
EPCOR and Union Gas were vying for the right to bring the service to Kincardine, Huron Kinloss and Arran Elderslie.
The OEB decision was released April 12th.
Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, says "This is the biggest announcement since I've been here in the municipality of Kincardine."
Eadie says she wants to make it clear that the build of the infrastructure will not fall on the backs of taxpayers.
She says EPCOR, along with an announced 27-million-dollar grant from the province, will foot the bill for the project, estimated around 100-to-120-million-dollars.
In a prepared news release, it states the OEB chose EPCOR since the Edmonton-based firm is promising a lower total ten year revenue requirement as compared to the proposal by Union Gas.
Huron Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan says "At the end of the day the constituents of the 3 municipalities are the big winners."
He says EPCOR will now file a "Leave to Construct" application with the OEB.
It's hoped shovels will be in the ground by next Spring with the project completed around 2020/21.
Arran Elderslie Mayor Paul Eagleson was not available for the news conference because of prior commitments.
EPCOR officials are expected in Kincardine next week with more details on the path going forward.