» Energy Efficiency
Different than conservation, energy efficiency mean getting the same results using less energy, and wasting less in transmission before reaching consumers
» Clean Electric Generation
Utility scale and “distributed” generation (rooftop solar, small scale wind, micro hydro)
» Thermal Energy Generation
Clean energy alternatives for heating and cooking
» Grid Options
Upgrades, smart grid and distributed generation, peak shaving strategies
» Market reform
Changes to gas and electric market structure that could help alleviate bottlenecks or restructure for more grid diversity
Need for more pipeline is attributed to pipeline constraint during cold weather, but these periods of pipeline constraint are only for a few hours a day, 10-20 days a year.
These constraints can be eliminated by increasing energy efficiency for heating and electric use, reducing demand. They’re going to be relieved as the extra 1600 MW of solar and 2000 MW of wind mandated to be in place by 2020 comes on line. New pipelines wouldn’t even be completed until 2018 at the earliest. Even if more gas IS still needed during these brief periods during the next few years, it can be supplied by liquified natural gas (LNG) being stored for peak production. This requires no new infrastructure and can be implemented ONLY when needed – not a 24/7/365 flood of capacity we’ll mostly never use.
Massachusetts has already made strong strides in developing solar and wind generating facilities for electric generation. We’re already implementing better solutions. Our state needs to continue on its clean energy path, not take a giant step back in the wrong direction.
Let’s build up our energy future, not compound the problems of the past.