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Grid Chief Warns of Future NE Power Problems

POWER-LINESBOSTON (AP) — The head of New England’s power grid manager is warning that the region’s growing dependence on natural gas, combined with supply constraints, is threatening reliable electricity delivery.

Gordon van Welie of ISO New England testified in Washington D.C. on Tuesday before a House subcommittee that “the status quo is unsustainable.”

Van Welie said the region gets more than half its power from natural gas, a shift over the last decade from a reliance on a more diverse mix, including coal and oil.

But he said the shift is straining the existing pipeline infrastructure. He said when demand was particularly high this winter, it was difficult to ensure there was sufficient fuel.

Van Welie said more pipelines and storage is needed. He also said the ISO is strengthening market incentives to ensure adequate fuel supply.

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  • timmywheels

    Jeff,
    You might want to do a bit more research before leaving a insulting comment that clearly shows your ignorance and you embarrass yourself again.

  • alpinequeen

    We are being setup for massive gas price increases in the near future over an insufficient supply line.

  • timmywheels

    @ Jeff so 2-4 years ROI seem pretty damn good to me! Factor in the fact that the panels will produce energy upwards of 25 years!!! Labor and land rent is a wash considering the supply and demand problems of natural gas this article is talking about. We all know what’s coming next increased rates!