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Conn. governor signs landmark energy bills

Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law two energy measures that increase natural gas use in homes and businesses and revamp Connecticut's renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.

One measure the governor signed on Monday expands the state's natural gas distribution system. Connecticut's three regulated natural gas companies have already filed a joint proposal outlining how they would connect 280,000 customers over 10 years.

A Houston energy company also is proposing an expanded natural gas line from suburban New York City to Boston that anticipates hundreds of thousands of new gas users in Connecticut.

The other measure passed the legislature last month over strong objections of environmentalists who demanded that the state use the clout of its renewable energy portfolio to help promote locally generated solar and wind power.