New England Liberals Shut Down Coal Power Plants, Now They’re at Risk of Freezing

Officials at ISO-New England, operators of the region’s power grid, said energy demands during the recent arctic weather have placed major pressures on energy generators, forcing power companies to rely more on coal and oil to produce electricity,” the Hartford Courant reported this week.

New England's blind unscientific devotion to "renewable" energy and the fact that they have shut down their coal plants, are prematurely closing their nukes and have voted against putting in enough natural gas pipelines are going to see their decisions slam directly in their faces when there are failures that cost lives and rape their pocketbooks. They are forcing people to burn wood to heat their homes, talk about pollution. They are stifling the use of heat pumps, though they are of little use when the temperatures are like they are today. 

And where are all these weenies going to plug in their electric vehicles that are going to get half the travel time on their batteries in this cold weather?   That is just another drain on an already stressed grid. 

I hope this cold weather and article does something to show the lunacy of the left, and wake up rational thinking people to read a little more than AlGore and his prognostications about how we have to so radically change things. I hope the energy department sees the folly of the past and does what our President so fervently is asking them to do. Only with the demise of the economics of progressiveism and environmentalism will we see a real change in our future. 


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Comment by Dan McKay on January 8, 2018 at 4:53pm

Anti-Pipeline Massachusetts Goes for Broke: Highest Gas Prices in World
Posted on January 3, 2018 by Natural Gas Now Guest Blogger

Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

Massachusetts, a/k/a New England, with the highest gas prices in the world during the cold snap, is the ultimate example of political correctness gone mad.
Baby it’s cold outside! This was predictable (and indeed, MDN did predict it). With the arrival of an extended cold period, because of a lack of natural gas pipeline capacity in New England, recent spot prices for natgas near Boston have spiked to more than $35 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). It gives New England the dubious distinction of paying the highest average price for natural gas in the entire world.
The price for the same gas about 250 miles away in the Marcellus? Between $1-$2/Mcf. And yet the dunderheads in New England, like U.S. Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, continue to block new pipelines in the region. “Stupid is as stupid does,” as Forrest Gump said.

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We hope our friends in New England enjoy paying through the nose and every other orifice they possess over the next few weeks, until the arctic blast subsides. Commonwealth Magazine has published an article by Stephen C. Dodge, Executive Director of the New England Petroleum Council, that explains things a bit (emphasis added):
This week, New England reached the terrible distinction of having the most expensive natural gas in the world.
You read that correctly: Not just the highest natural gas prices in the United States, or in North America, but on the entire planet.
When the spot-market price for natural gas hit $35.35 Tuesday at the main trading hub for all of New England, the Algonquin Citygate, that was more than 13 times more expensive than at the central US price-setting location, the Henry Hub in Louisiana. That’s the equivalent of filling up your car with $32-a-gallon gasoline.
Why is this happening? The short answer: New England does not have sufficient natural gas pipeline capacity needed to ensure reliable, affordable access to this clean-burning, abundant fuel produced right here in the United States.
Compared to homeowners in other communities across the country in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Englanders are paying hundreds of dollars more every year for electricity and home heating, all because everyone from local environmental extremists to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has relentlessly opposed every reasonable proposal to allow New England to secure the natural gas pipeline capacity we need.
Our region has aggressively transitioned much of its power generation in the last decade to natural gas to take advantage of the abundant supplies here in the United States as well as the environmental benefits that come with the use of this clean fuel. Today, data from ISO-New England, our regional power-grid operator, show that natural gas now produces 50 to 60 percent of the electricity we use in New England on an average day.
New England has also moved just as aggressively to increase use of natural gas to heat our homes, schools, and businesses. Since 2000, more than 200,000 residential customers have switched to or added natural gas heating throughout the region. Natural gas now heats more than 52 percent of all homes in Massachusetts and 54 percent in Rhode Island, according to the Northeast Gas Association.
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have multiple proposals underway to meet thousands of consumers’ demand for expanded access to convenient, affordable natural gas. Customers are clearly demanding greater access to natural gas.
But except for a modest increase in capacity on the Algonquin system and for some recent upgrades, increased natural gas pipeline capacity has been thwarted from coming anywhere close to keeping up with increased demand in the region.
In a cold snap like the one we’re facing, the severe constraints on pipeline capacity lead to sudden price spikes, and natural gas that normally costs $3 or $4 jumps to $35. Additional pipeline capacity could help dramatically reduce those price spikes.
Further, utilities are less able to plan 12 months ahead if energy markets are volatile. It’s why all six New England states rank in the top 10 of US states for most expensive electricity, up to 50 percent higher than the national average.
What’s even worse: This is an entirely needless problem for our region. New England is just 200 miles east of some of the most abundant, low-cost natural gas in the world from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region. With adequate pipeline capacity, access to this low-cost fuel could transform our regional economy and lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs. The opportunity is right in front of us–and New England is being denied that opportunity.
New England leads the world in many good ways – our quality of life and rich history, our colleges and hospitals, our beautiful mountains and beaches and colonial villages.
Leading the world in needlessly expensive natural gas is a distinction New England is inflicting on itself and can’t afford. This week has shown us, in dramatic fashion, the terrible price we’re all paying for being refused reasonable and long-overdue investments in our natural gas pipeline capacity.

Comment by Eskutassis on January 7, 2018 at 5:35pm

Sorry that this a a political post, but this whole argument is political, not scientific or even economically realistic. We CAN NOT keep closing reliable baseload energy producers and hope to be able to continue on leading the world in life and production. Coal can be burned cleanly in spite of what the enviros say. The beauty of coal is that it can be stored on site in quantities that can last for months. It can be shipped economically on trains that can be hauled in any kind of weather. Can we improve them? YES. Can we streamline them? Yes. And we can do it far more economically and efficiently than "renewable" wind and solar. 

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