New energy policy pits home heating oil vs. natural gas in Connecticut
An Associated Press story reported in the Litchfield County Times said that a broad effort by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reshape energy policy in Connecticut with incentives to boost efficiency and keep down costs has drawn strong opposition from the home heating oil industry, which accuses the state of encouraging residential and business customers to dump local oil suppliers in favor of increasingly popular natural gas.
The governor’s energy proposal recommends policy changes in energy efficiency, electricity supply, industrial energy needs, transportation and natural gas. He's promoting his plan as a way to spur economic development, business growth and lower costs in a state where homeowners and businesses have long complained that high energy costs are choking off other economic activities.
But many are opposed to what they see as a subsidy to convert oil heating customers to natural gas. They also don’t see the correlation between energy prices and the economic development assumptions from the state.