By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ An energy strategy proposed by Gov Dannel P. Malloy encouraging conversion to natural gas is drawing strong opposition from the home heating oil industry.
Malloy’s Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy recommends policy changes in energy efficiency, electricity supply, industrial energy needs, transportation and natural gas.
The plan would spur economic development, business growth and reduce energy costs.
Malloy proposes to make natural gas available to as many as 300,000 Connecticut homes and businesses by asking state regulators to allow utilities to collect customer payments that would be extended over longer periods of time to finance furnace conversions to natural gas.
Owners of home-heating oil companies say the state should not favor one fuel over another and give incentives that benefit gas utility companies at the expense of family-run heating oil businesses.
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