Hyper-localism and enviro-ideology have blocked construction of several needed natural gas pipelines into the region in the past decade, leaving it the only part of the country that has constrained supplies of natural gas.
There are some signs that New England’s governors are finally willing to do something about this. If so, voters should support their efforts to change, because the status quo means depending on perpetually mild winter weather.
While the winter so far has been relatively mild, meteorologists are looking at February as a time when severe winter weather will start to hit hard. If and when this happens, demand for heat will spike, and scarcity pricing will ensue for both heating fuel and electricity. Last January, during a weather pattern affectionately known as a “winter bomb cyclone,” energy prices in parts of New England spiked more than 400 percent.
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During the last few years, inadequate infrastructure to transport natural gas has at times affected the ability of natural-gas-fired plants to get the fuel they need to perform. This fuel-security risk has become a pressing concern in New England, considering the major role natural-gas-fired generation plays in keeping the lights on and setting prices for wholesale electricity.
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A proposal to establish a shared, Atlantic Canada wide electricity corridor was front and centre during a meeting Tuesday night in Ottawa between Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The energy corridor was a key priority of last week’s meeting of the four Atlantic Canadian premiers in Charlottetown. The focus on electricity transmission was prompted by the 2017 completion of a subsea cable linking Newfoundland and Labrador with Cape Breton, a cable that will be used to transfer power to Nova Scotia from the soon-to-be-completed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador...........................................