On December 16, 2014 8:50 am
By Dirk Perrefort
Cheap natural gas on Connecticut’s doorstep may be plentiful, but supplying it where it’s needed most is posing a challenge.
While several projects on the books, including one that would add pipeline in Danbury, are aimed at increasing natural gas capacity, most of that new supply is earmarked for homes and businesses. That leaves little left to address growing concerns about the availability of the fuel for the generation of electrical power in Connecticut and throughout New England.
The lack of capacity to fuel power plants, and the resulting increase in the cost of electricity, were chief concerns raised last week by state energy and environmental officials.
“We need to focus on a New England-wide approach to address the lack of energy infrastructure in our region,” Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), told the League of Conservation Voters on Wednesday. “That’s what it will take to combat the rising electricity prices that have been all over the news lately.”