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...........................................
From the article Dan McKay posted below:
"Downey said the Cape Light proposal would yield energy savings for everyone on the Cape while making the program available to just about anyone – not just those with the resources to front the cost for a $10,000 battery."
$10,000 for a battery, huh? Where's the cost/benefit analysis?
The new green people of Massachusetts counters fossil fuels:
Here’s Why Russia Is Delivering Loads Of Natural Gas To This Deep Blue State
Massachusetts’ anti-fossil-fuel policies are the primary reason why the state has relied on natural gas imports from a Russian oil company the Department of State sanctioned during the Obama-era.
Officials in Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire blocked financing in 2016 for the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have helped the state weather an energy crunch this winter. The state’s decision to rely principally on green energy hiked gas prices and forced it turn to Russian oil imports.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concluded in 2016 that “no new pipelines are needed” and that we “can maintain electric reliability through 2030 even without additional new natural gas pipelines”.
So Close Yet So Far - Thank You Massachusetts
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