First expansion starts for Conn. natural gas plan

Wilton

WILTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s natural gas expansion policy is taking its first step with plans announced to establish gas lines in downtown Wilton.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined Wilton officials and representatives of Yankee Gas on Monday to launch the start of a 3.5-mile natural gas expansion project.

Wilton will be the first community in Connecticut to work with a utility using a state plan enacted last year intended to cut energy costs by expanding the state’s natural gas distribution systems.

Yankee Gas says it will install a 3.5-mile underground pipeline linking natural gas to Wilton’s downtown business district, municipal buildings, schools and a community center.

State regulators approved a financing plan last year requiring no up-front connection costs for homeowners. But homeowners and businesses will pay a monthly premium over 10 years.

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