In what could potentially be the most confusing double uses of the term "regulation," the Connecticut Senate Energy and Technology Committee advanced a bill last week to provide tax benefits for voltage regulation devices. The concept is sound: air conditioners, fans, and refrigerators run more efficiently at their design voltage than when the voltage sags, as in a brownout. Intuitively, if the grid provides the proper voltage, end devices run efficiently. What’s not intuitive is how a collection of legislators converged on a relatively esoteric electrical engineering topic, but hey, no complaints here.

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