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Gov. Malloy to Unveil New Energy Plan

Under the proposal, which the governor will unveil today, some people in Connecticut could see their fuel heating costs cut significantly.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today will unveil a new energy plan, one that would convert, by 2020, up to 300,000 households to natural gas, a cleaner and cheaper source of power than what most people use today in the state.  

That proposal is part of a broader Comprehensive Energy Strategy the state has developed to address the rising costs of energy in Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant.

Malloy will discuss details of the plan when he gives the keynote address this morning at an energy conference presented by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the Connecticut Power & Energy Society.

"The Governor will use his keynote address at the conference ... to share his vision for a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future," according to the CBIA. "His Comprehensive Energy Strategy, expected to provide the framework for significant legislation when the General Assembly meets next January, will address residential, commercial, and industrial energy needs."

The strategic energy plan, developed by the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, calls for investing millions of dollars to encourage homeowners and businesses to find cleaner and more efficient types of heating, develop natural gas fueling stations for vehicles and to develop an alternative energy research center at the University of Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant report.

The energy plan calls for getting hundreds of thousands of Connecticut households near natural gas lines connected to those lines.

The state has worked to improve energy efficiency in the past. This past summer, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority worked with muncipalities to promote the use of renewable energy.

E Twig October 06, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Well, there goes the price of natural gas up.
Will Wilkin October 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Great idea to make an alternative energy research center at UCONN!! The proper use of such a center and of other CT policies would be to partner with industries that will create alternative energy manufacturing and R&D here in CT. Instead of a financialized casino economy just moving values around (to scoop as much as possible upward in the process) without creating anything new, its time to CREATE wealth. Renewable energy technologies will definitely be one of the most important industries of the 21st century and we will either join it and lead or get run over by having to print more money to give to those who do win the renewable energy race...and we're running out of good paper.
Jean October 08, 2012 at 11:19 PM
One item that was not stated in your article, the cost for run all the natural gas lines will be subsidize by a sales tax on home heating oil. Check in to it, you will find that Molloy wants the state not to use home heating oil at all and if you chose to use oil there will be a sales tax on it. Sure to natural gas price is low but what will happen when we all heat with it and there is only one company that is the supplier?

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