For Business

General Customer Service Info:

(716) 686-6123 (NY)
(814) 871-8200 (PA)
outside these calling areas:
1-800-365-3234

Gas Emergencies:

1-800-444-3130
24 hrs./day, 7 days/week

Economic Development Programs - New York

For Commercial and Industrial Accounts

National Fuel offers four economic development programs for businesses in western New York.

New York Area Development Program

The program provides grants for specific projects in order to stimulate economic activity and redevelopment in National Fuel's service area. To be approved for funding by National Fuel, projects must be natural gas-related and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Stimulate investment in infrastructure for the development or redevelopment of underutilized industrial or commercial property, including but not limited to brownfield sites or brownfield opportunity areas.
  • Create new employment opportunities or higher value employment opportunities.
  • Provide workforce training or retraining to assure that higher value skills are available in the workforce, when needed.
  • Stimulate the expenditure of private investment in direct capital expenditures needed to expand employment.

This program was developed in conjunction with the New York State Public Service Commission.

For information on this program, contact Energy Services at 716-857-7776.

New York Business Development Rates

A transportation rate discount is available for businesses, not in an Empire Zone, that qualify and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • New facility (minimal annual usage of 24,000 Ccf)
  • Existing facility purchased/leased and vacant 6 months or more (minimal annual usage of 24,000 Ccf)
  • Expansion of existing facility (minimal annual incremental usage of 12,000 Ccf)

New York Empire Zone Rates

A transportation rate discount is available for businesses within an Empire Zone that have been awarded a New York State Empire Zone Certificate and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • New facility (minimal annual usage of 12,000 Ccf)
  • Existing facility purchased/leased and vacant 6 months or more (minimal annual usage of 12,000 Ccf)
  • Expansion of existing facility (minimal annual incremental usage of 6,000 Ccf)

New York Excelsior Jobs Program Rates

A transportation rate discount is available for businesses that have been awarded a New York State Excelsior Jobs Program Certificate and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • New facility (minimal annual usage of 12,000 Ccf)
  • Existing facility purchased/leased and vacant 6 months or more (minimal annual usage of 12,000 Ccf)
  • Expansion of existing facility (minimal annual incremental usage of 6,000 Ccf)

Other Resources

Offering information on other Economic Development Programs in western New York is the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise. Visit www.buffaloniagara.org to find out more about BNE and why “Life Works” in Buffalo Niagara.

For additional resources to augment National Fuel's Area Development Program, please consider the following:

or SBA's partners in entrepreneurship:

For more information, please call the Buffalo District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration at (716) 551-4301.