It’s no secret that New England has an energy infrastructure problem, and a key part of that problem is a lack of adequate pipeline capacity. Elected officials have unfortunately prioritized the demands of anti-fossil fuel activists from the “Keep It In the Ground” campaign, a decision that has forced New England families to pay more for their energy.
To add insult to injury, earlier this year the region was forced to purchase liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia – even though markets in New England are only a few hundred miles from one of the largest natural gas fields in the world, the Marcellus Shale. Environmentalists have even admitted that they’d rather import LNG than build new pipelines to access domestic natural gas supplies.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy proposed a plan that would have effectively bailed out uneconomic power plants. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected the plan, which was flawed from the beginning. However, DOE’s proposal did put a spotlight on the severe lack of energy infrastructure in New England.
As that discussion continues, Energy In Depth has prepared a helpful infographic detailing the infrastructure vulnerabilities in New England.