Malloy Signs 2 Landmark Energy Bills Into Law

By STEPHEN SINGER and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Monday, Jul 8, 2013  |  Updated 4:06 PM EDT
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Malloy Signs 2 Landmark Energy Bills Into Law

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law two energy measures that increase natural gas use in homes and businesses and revamp Connecticut's renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.

“For too long, the cost of energy has been a prohibitive factor is making our state a more competitive place to live, work and do business,” Malloy said in a statement.  “Thanks to the vision of this plan and the hard work of the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, specifically the chairs and ranking members, today we take meaningful steps in lowering costs for residents and businesses.”

One measure the governor signed on Monday expands the state's natural gas distribution system.

Connecticut's three regulated natural gas companies have already filed a joint proposal outlining how they would connect 280,000 customers over 10 years.

A Houston energy company also is proposing an expanded natural gas line from suburban New York City to Boston that anticipates hundreds of thousands of new gas users in Connecticut.

The other measure passed the legislature last month over strong objections of environmentalists who demanded that the state use the clout of its renewable energy portfolio to help promote locally generated solar and wind power.

For more on the energy policy, click here.

For more on the state’s clean energy goals, click here.

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