Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy approved plans permitting companies to export gas from Massachusetts to Canada and beyond.
Opponents of the construction of two new natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts claim the DOE’s decision demonstrates that the state already has enough natural gas and doesn’t need new pipelines.
But proponents say building the new pipelines — costing $8 billion — will actually save ratepayers money and secure the region’s energy future.
Gas Dependency Grows In Mass.
Mark Twain once quipped, if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a few minutes.
Today, Twain might say that about the price we pay to keep the lights on. The cost for electricity is as mercurial as the temperature. The wholesale price for power changes every five minutes, reflecting the constantly shifting demand for electricity and the supply of natural gas.
Sixty percent of the state’s electricity comes from burning natural gas
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