The State of Connecticut plans to use taxpayer money to promote heating fuel conversions from heating oil to natural gas, according to the final version of Gov. Dannel Malloy's Comprehensive Energy Strategy.
The governor recently released his plan, which the Hartford Courant reports is focused on the increased availability of natural gas. Taxpayers will be offered a $500 tax credit to help cover the costs of switching to natural gas heat. The plan also goes for an expansion of the natural gas pipeline capacity, according to the Courant.
The plan's centerpiece is a call to make natural gas available to 300,000 additional homes by expanding gas mains and laying pipe to Connecticut homes. "Heating oil dealers in the state criticized the plan's reliance on price predictions that plot future energy prices for decades," the Courant wrote. "Accelerating the already unprecedented clip at which customers are switching fuels would certainly sink some businesses, they said."
Many of the plan's proposals will be forwarded to either the state legislature or the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for consideration, the Courant reported. Others can be implemented right away without approval, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state's energy department.
To read the Courant article, click here.