Another New England Winter, Same Natural Gas Shortage

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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Natural Gas Infrastructure Constraints

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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P.E.I. premier takes Atlantic energy grid proposal to Trudeau

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...........................................

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on January 31, 2019 at 10:47am
January 22, 2019, Newport, Rhode Island -- Ran Out of Gas --10,000 customers affected 
National Grid said the interruption in service is due to a transmission supply issue with its natural gas supplier, Algonquin Gas Transmission Co

Comment by Long Islander on January 31, 2019 at 10:45am

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?

Comment by Dan McKay on January 31, 2019 at 10:11am

The new green people of Massachusetts counters fossil fuels:

Electricity storage takes key role in energy efficiency plan

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 31, 2019 at 9:52am

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


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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