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Regulators OK state gas expansion plan

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

State regulators have given final approval of a plan to broadly expand natural gas service to about 280,000 new customers throughout Connecticut.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced its approval Friday of the proposal by the state's three investor-owned gas companies - Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas and Yankee Gas. PURA had given preliminary approval Nov. 6.

The typical homeowner would face no up-front connection costs and would pay an extra 10 percent premium on their monthly bills for 10 years, while average-size businesses would pay an extra 50 percent premium on their monthly bills over a decade.

Small, family-owned heating oil business opposed the plan, saying it would hurt their companies.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday the approval "is another major step forward" to help reduce energy bills with a cheaper, cleaner source.

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