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Norwalk Lawmakers Push a Change to Natural Gas

NORWALK, Conn. –Two Norwalk state legislators have announced their support for making natural gas available to more residents.

State Sen. Bob Duff , D-Norwalk, and House Minority Leader Larry Cafero , R-Norwalk, said natural gas expansions should be a state policy in Connecticut.

The current process for gas expansion makes it challenging to find and develop natural gas expansion projects, a release said.

Duff said he has been contacted by Norwalk residents trying to figure out how they can utilize natural gas.

“Homeowners can reduce their monthly bills; local businesses can improve their competitiveness and hire additional workers; and schools and governments would be able to use more of their budgets for programs and services and less for energy,” Cafero said.

Anthony Marone, the vice president of business services for UIL Holdings Corp., said Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are “bullish” about the conversion to natural gas.

“We are genuinely excited about partnering with the state and others to remove impediments and ease the process of converting for customers,” said Marone in a release.

The release states that with today’s fuel prices, the cost savings to a household energy budget would be cut by around 40 percent, and they estimate the states “residential energy costs would decrease by $250 million annually.”

“We, too, are hearing from homeowners and businesses who want to take advantage of the great value of natural gas,” said Yankee Gas President Rodney Powell.  “By working with the state to develop an integrated expansion program, we will be able to make the investment in the infrastructure that can deliver that value today and into the future.”

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