Natural Gas

New England families and businesses currently pay the highest prices in the country for natural gas even though an abundant, low-cost source is just 300 miles away. Around 2000, the region made the decision to move away from coal- and oil-fired power plants for environmental and economic reasons, and constructed approximately 12,000 MW of new, highly efficient, combined-cycle natural gas-fired generation capacity.  The region did not at the time expand its long-existing natural gas pipelines coming into the region, and that was sufficient for some time. But as homes and businesses began to finally wean off of oil for heating and industrial purposes, existing pipeline capacity has become extremely scarce.  As a consequence, we have reverted to coal and oil for electricity during the winter, undermining our environmental and economic goals.  At CLEC, we support the addition of two new or expanded pipelines to carry the necessary 2 billion cubic feet of additional capacity we need to end to our reliance on coal and oil and bring clean and affordable energy to all of New England.



Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.’s recent study “Massachusetts Low Gas Demand Analysis: Final Report” has confirmed what countless other studies have found: New England needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity to reliably meet demand for natural gas.  

The construction of two billion cubic feet per day (2 Bcf/d) of new natural gas pipeline capacity into New England is the single most impactful action that can be taken now to improve New England’s environment and economy.

Additional Resources

Summer 2015: The lowest natural gas and power prices since 2003 (10.30.15)

The Importance of a Performance-Based Capacity Market to Ensure Reliability as the Grid Adapts to a Renewable Energy Future (6.3.15)

Long-term Forecast: Electricity usage will remain flat and peak demand is expected to grow slowly (5.5.15)

New England power system performed well through winter 2014-2015 (4.7.15)

Wholesale electricity prices and demand - February 2015 (4.7.15)

2014-2015 Winter Outlook-Sufficient Power Supplies Expected but Natural Gas Pipeline Constraints an Ongoing Concern (11.20.14)

Managing the Reliability of the Electric Grid While the Power Industry Undergoes Rapid Transformation (9.19.14)

2014 Regional System Plan, public meeting presentation (10.6.14)

Consumer Liaison Group Meeting (9.24.14)

CLG Presentation Hibbard Analysis Group (9.24.14)

Infrastructure Needs-Electricity-Natural Gas Interdependencies (6.30.14)

Babula Presentation: Post Winter 2013-14 Review (3.6.14)

Brandien Presentation: Cold Weather Operations (FERC Winter Reliability Technical Conference) (4.6.14)

CLG Meeting Anne George ISO NE Update (3.5.14)

Oil inventory was key in maintaining power system reliability through colder than normal weather during winter 2013-2014 (4.4.14)

ISO New England Overview and Regional Update (1.21.15)

State of the Grid: Managing a System in Transition (1.21.15)

ISO New England’s Internal Market Monitor (5.20.15)

2013 Assessment of the ISO New England Electricity Markets (6.1.14)

Final Comments on the U.S. DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review (10.10.14)

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