Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has unveiled an energy policy that promotes increased use of natural gas and improved energy efficiency.
Malloy rolled out the new policy in a speech to Connecticut's largest business group Friday. The governor said the environment, energy and the economy are related and policy makers can make Connecticut more competitive for jobs by cutting the cost of electricity for homes and businesses.
Malloy said financial incentives and regulatory changes can help Connecticut reach a goal of providing access to gas to nearly 300,000 homes, businesses and other facilities.
The proposals by the Democrat to promote natural gas won initial support from a Republican lawmaker. Stratford Rep. Laura Hoydick, a ranking member of the Legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, said pushing for expansion of natural gas is pragmatic.
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