by Andrea Sears, Public News Service (CT)
July 18, 2017
HARTFORD, Conn. – Gas companies fell far short of their goals to convert Connecticut homes and businesses to natural gas, and now environmentalists want construction of two new pipelines canceled. The state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy could be released later this week.
The 2013 CES called for a big boost in reliance on methane, with ratepayers subsidizing part of the cost of converting thousands of homes and businesses to natural gas.
But Martha Klein, chair of the Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club, calls that a failed strategy and the companies’ own figures indicate that, even after cutting the projected number of conversions by almost half, the goal still wasn’t met.
“The interstate gas pipelines, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge, are completely not needed,” she states. “We will not be able to use the gas here. There are not enough customers.”
Three new gas-fired power plants are now in the approval process in the state and a fourth is contesting the denial of a permit for construction.