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MA Uses Efficiency Programs to Reduce Impact of Greater Natural Gas Demand

Mass. faces new energy challenges, August 31, 2014

With a natural gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts still in the planning stages and strong opposition in communities along its route, power experts are saying a shortage of gas supplies in the state and New England in general is driving up prices and forcing greater reliance on coal and oil power generation.

The problem is expected to get worse this winter regardless of the weather, but a cold winter similar to last year would significantly add to the problem.

Fossil fuel generation is not the direction the state wants to move, but until large wind energy projects both off shore and inland go online, natural gas and the dirtier oil and coal plants are what is available to meet energy needs.

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