National Grid ends natural gas moratorium

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National Grid is ending its natural gas hookup moratorium days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's two-week deadline.

The utility had claimed it didn't have enough supply to meet the demand until Cuomo stepped in, giving National Grid an ultimatum.

Cuomo told National Grid to come up with other ways to bring in more natural gas to Long Island or risk losing its certificate to operate on the Island.

This means businesses will have enough natural gas service to run and will not have to rely solely on electric heat.

New York state Attorney General Letitia James says National Grid was playing politics and trying to advance its own interests.

National Grid will now have to pay a total of $36 million in penalties and also has to compensate customers who have been impacted within the last few months.

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