Natural Gas

Gas conversion program in Norwich offers some lessons

Feb 4, 2014
SmartPower

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has given final approval to a program to convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas heat over the next 10 years.

It’s part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy to lower costs and pollution by taking advantage of natural gas.

Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels and cheaper at the moment due to increased production in North America. But the big question is how to get people to make the financial investment to switch.

Frigid cold temperatures this week  means a lot of folks are cranking  up the thermostats in their homes. And it turns out one result of that has been a spike in the cost of natural gas, and an increase in the amount of oil and oil used for electricity generation. Jan Ellen Spiegel of the Connecticut Mirror explained what’s happening to WSHU’s Mark Herz.

Read Jan Ellen Spiegel's story in the Connecticut Mirror here.

Environmentalists are rallying against a proposed natural gas transfer terminal that developers want to build off the South Shore of Long Island.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed two energy measures into law that increase natural gas use in homes and businesses and revamp Connecticut's renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.