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October 10, 2012

CT seeks to be alternative vehicle haven

Under the comprehensive energy strategy unveiled by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday, Connecticut will become a haven for alternatively-fueled vehicles with an infrastructure to support the many competing ideas available.

The strategy calls for the 100 public electric vehicle charging stations in the state; natural gas fueling stations for local fleets, liquefied natural gas fueling stations at rest stops to support long-haul trucking fleets; hydrogen filing stations for fuel-cell cars; and further biofuel development.

"In Connecticut, there should be enough of that basic infrastructure," said Dan Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

The build out is designed to give businesses and consumers enough of the infrastructure in the state so they can feel confident buying vehicles power by electricity, natural gas, fuel cells, or biofuel without having to worry about if there are enough fueling stations available.

"We don't pick for people. We supply choice," Esty said.

The comprehensive energy strategy addressed all energy use within Connecticut, including electricity and home heating. Public comment on the 182-page proposal will be accepted through Dec. 14.

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