DEEP: Statement of DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty Concerning Natural Gas Expansion Plans Submitted By Gas Utilities

June 17, 2013

Statement of DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty Concerning Natural Gas Expansion Plans Submitted By Gas Utilities
 
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today issued the following statement concerning the comprehensive joint gas expansion plan filed by Yankee Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) and Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG).
 
“The filing of this plan by Connecticut’s natural gas utilities is a major milestone in fulfilling Governor Malloy’s vision of bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to our state’s residents and businesses.”
 
“With readily available, low cost domestic supplies as close as 75 miles from our state, natural gas can provide a valuable bridge to a clean energy future.  It makes good sense to take maximum advantage of this resource and provide a natural gas choice to more customers.”
 
“Natural gas expansion offers the promise of lowering heating bills for residents and helping to rebuild our economy and create jobs by lowering operating costs for businesses here.  At the same time, since natural gas burns much cleaner than heating oil, converting more people to natural gas will also bring public health gains by improving the quality of the air we breathe.”
 
“The plan that was filed today will now be subject to careful review by the energy policy side of DEEP, to make certain it meets requirements set out in the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) and in legislation adopted in the 2013 session of the General Assembly.  It will also receive a thorough review by regulators at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) – who will provide the public with ample opportunity for comment – to make certain it can be implemented in a manner that is fair to ratepayers.”