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Conn. Natural Gas begins largest natural gas expansion project in 30 years

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EAST HAMPTON — Connecticut Natural Gas has begun construction on a 10-mile natural gas expansion project in East Hampton, the company’s largest such project in 30 years.

The subsidiary of UIL Holdings Corp. said Thursday that the gas main will serve nine East Hampton schools and municipal buildings, will reach major businesses and will make natural gas accessible to residential users and more than 400 other commercial customers.

An energy policy adopted in 2013 by Gov. Dan Malloy and the legislature authorized state regulators to approve new rate plans to finance expansion of natural gas pipelines and other public works.

Eversource Energy, formerly Yankee Gas, completed its first large-scale natural gas expansion project in Wilton last year. The 3-mile pipeline connects Wilton’s downtown business district, municipal buildings, schools and a community center.

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