Posts in New England
What is going on with natural gas in New England?

There is a paradigm shift that started last winter. We experienced an average winter with cold temperatures, but absent was the typical spike in natural gas prices. As we all know, our region braces for higher rates when it becomes cold because of the pipeline constraints during high demand for heat and power generation. There was no rate spike last winter! It was liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the rescue, and it appears that this trend will continue. So, what is the strategy for budget certainty with third-party natural gas supply going forward?

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Surviving higher highs - and preventing lower lows

As we all are experiencing this summer, the daily high temperatures seem to creep higher and higher. In the northeast, that often includes oppressive humidity. We spoke last month of the efforts our utilities are taking, working in concert with the keepers of the power grid, to institute “Peak Day Capacity”. We have heard the requests: set your air conditioning to higher temperatures. Run your appliances overnight. What about other efforts to keep us well-lit and cool rather than in a brown-out - or, even worse - a black-out?

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