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f feature Transition to Natural Gas Holds Promise of Construction Jobs By Mary Lou Jay A plan to expand natural gas service in Connecticut expects to bring hundreds of new construction jobs to the state over the next 10 years. CCIA, the natural gas companies, and other interested parties are already working to ensure there will be enough skilled workers available to handle the increased demand. Connecticut has lagged behind other New England states in natural gas usage, but in 2012 Governor Dannel Malloy released a Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that called for a transition from oil to natural gas heating for business and residential customers. New gas customers would not only be using a cleaner-burning fuel but should also enjoy significant savings on their utility 12 / CONNstruction / SUMMER 2014 bills because of the current price differential between the two fuels. In July 2013, the Connecticut legislature passed legislation directing the state's three investor-owned natural gas companies- Connecticut Natural Gas, the Southern Connecticut Gas Company and Yankee Gas Services Company-to develop a joint program to meet the CES goals. That plan, which calls for converting 280,000 new customers to natural gas over the next 10 years, received approval from Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in November 2013. Each utility has target numbers for new customers, divided between on-main customers (in close proximity to existing natural gas infrastructure) and off-main customers (in areas where the existing infrastructure is sparse or non-existent). Yankee Gas, for example, has a 10-year target of 80,000 new natural gas customers, 31,000 of them off-main and the remaining 49,000 on-main. Preparing the workforce Construction jobs will come as the utilities build out the new gas infrastructure. To ensure that the state workforce is ready, a joint task force including the three utilities, the natural gas association, CCIA, contractors, the state's economic development agency, labor boards and vocational schools has been meeting since last September.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2014

Standardizing OQ
Measuring Mud on Construction Sites
2014 General Assembly Concludes
Transition to Natural Gas Holds Promise of Construction Jobs
CEFIA: Banking on Energy
The Public Policy Behind Energy in Connecticut
Call Before You Dig
The 2014 AGC/CT Build CT Awards and 67th Annual Meeting
The Second Annual Construction Industry Joint Forces Luncheon
Travelers Congratulates CCIA for 15 Years of Insurance Excellence
Agc of Connecticut Honored Nationally
CCIA | AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum - Membership Meeting
Index to Advertisers / Advertiser.com

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