Overbuilding Natural Gas Infrastructure Bad for Consumers and Environment
April 23, 2015, BOSTON – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) attended the Northeast Forum on Regional Energy Solutions hosted by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy today ahead of the New England Governors Energy Conference and released the following statement.
“CLF has long believed that a smart regional energy plan can help New England meet its climate change goals, and ensure a smooth transition from fossil fuels to an affordable and sustainable clean energy future for New England residents,” said Greg Cunningham, Clean Energy and Climate Change Program Director, Conservation Law Foundation.
“While we are pleased that the Governors are focusing on a multi-faceted approach to addressing our communities energy needs with a sharp focus on energy efficiency and renewables, we continue to be concerned about the over-sized role of natural gas and that ratepayers will be stuck holding the bill for it. This winter we saw a significant drop in energy costs from 2013-14 thanks to improved energy policies, increased energy efficiency, better use of existing natural gas infrastructure and the availability of LNG. Ill-advised investments in expensive and unnecessary gas pipelines will derail this progress, cost ratepayers billions of dollars and add to our climate burden, ” continued Cunningham.
“CLF will continue to bring a strong voice into the governor’s energy initiative to ensure a sustainable energy future for all the people of New England.”