April 2013, Vol. 240 No. 4


‘Perfect Storm’ Shines Light For More Infrastructure In New England

With what could be viewed ominously as the perfect storm bringing a much rougher winter than last year’s to New England, concerns about the need for additional natural gas infrastructure in the region have once again been dramatically underscored. As severe weather helped drive energy consumption in recent months, the use of natural gas for power generation also climbed 3% between January and October 2012 in the Boston area, compared to the same period the previous year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. At the same time, gas flow from the west and south reached near-capacity levels on existing pipelines with the region’s primary supplier – the Al

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