- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A consumer group is calling on the state Public Service Board to cap the Vermont Gas pipeline at the 11 miles already constructed.

In papers filed at the board this week, AARP says too much has changed since the board approved the Addison Gas Pipeline Project two years ago. It cites sharply increased projected costs - from $86.7 million to $154 million.

It also says that in 2013, there was little talk of a competing heating technology. Since late 2013, cold-climate heat pumps have come into widespread use. AARP lawyer Jim Dumont says the heat pumps are price-competitive with heat from natural gas and have much lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Vermont Gas wants to extend its pipeline system 41 miles from Colchester to Middlebury.

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