Connecticut home heating oil dealers are continuing to oppose a natural gas expansion plan that could prove costly to ratepayers, according to a recent article in the Register Citizen.

As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Northeast Utilities President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas May were in Wilton, Conn., earlier this week celebrating the launch of Yankee Gas’ expansion program, Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA), was speaking out against expensive fuel conversions. “The average cost to converting a home to gas in Connecticut is $7,500,” Herb said in a statement. “If you finance with the utilities the $7,500 you will need to convert your house to natural gas, they will put a lien on your home.”

Representing 600 independent home heating oil dealers in the state, CEMA has been educating the public that any cost savings associated with natural gas are temporary while criticizing the Malloy administration for having included the expansion of the distribution network for the fuel in its Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

To read the Register Citizen article, click here.