December 2017, Vol. 244, No. 12


Massachusetts Campaign Raises Voice in Turbulent Northeast

Alongside the gigantic Marcellus gas field, the nation’s priciest electricity market faces supply shortages as the industry searches for answers. By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor What a difference a couple of decades can make. In the 1990s, Massachusetts environmentalists campaigned to replace coal- and oil-fired plants and generate more of the state’s electricity with cleaner-burning natural gas. However, now that it fuels more than half of the Commonwealth’s growing electricity consumption, activists have declared war on natural gas and the pipelines that deliver it. The “zero-carbon” movement has stoked protests elsewhere, but unique regional challenges and co

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