A bill in the Connecticut legislature has heating oil and propane distributors fired up.
Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would tax home heating oil and propane, as part of a larger effort to encourage people to invest in more energy efficient heating sources.
Oil and propane distributors testified on the proposal, House Bill 6650: An Act Concerning Energy Efficiency Programs, on Tuesday, March 19, before the legislature's Commerce Committee.
“I hope that once we shine the light back in their eyes, they realize this is just an ill-conceived idea,” said Chris Herb, vice president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.
According to the Commerce Committee's website, the bill is expected to “establish a heating fuel excise tax to provide funding for the implementing of cost-effective energy conservation programs” and to “require any furnaces or boilers to be Energy Star compliant in order to qualify for the residential heating equipment financing program.”
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Herb, whose association represents 600 home heating distributors, said the proposed bill would hurt taxpayers.
“It is a surprise to me that with the state’s economy being as poor as it is — people are struggling to find jobs and many who have jobs are underemployed — and the legislature has time to sit around and think up a brand new tax on heating oil and propane,” he told Patch. “It just doesn’t make sense…”
No legislators have signed on to support the bill, which was introduced by the Commerce Committee.
The proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Dannel Malloy's recently-released, 195-page “Comprehensive Energy Strategy” for Connecticut. Much of it centers on encouraging people and businesses to switch from oil to natural gas.
See a press release from the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association attached as a PDF.
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