Utilities News – Gas



» RESPECT – Reforming Energy System Planning for Equity and Climate Transformation
By The Acadia Center
November 1, 2021
» View the webinar on Acadia Center’s RESPECT proposal here.
» Download report here.   

Prepared for Gas Leaks Allies by Dorie Seavey, PhD
October 2021
» Watch recorded webinar discussion of the report

» Overextended: It’s Time to Rethink Subsidized Gas Line Extensions
By Abigail Alter, Sherri Billimoria, Mike Henchen, RMI


» As gas companies plan for a climate future, their vision: more gas
By Sabrina Shankman, Boston Globe
June 16, 2022

» Two years after asking for future of gas investigation, Healey asks state to reject results
By Sabrina Shankman, Boston Globe
May 12, 2022

» RNG touted as fossil fuel alternative, but critics abound
By Christian M. Wade, Gloucester Daily TImes
May 9, 2022

» Spending billions fixing gas system makes no sense
Lawmakers shouldn’t allow utilities to retool to carry new fuels
By Dorie Seavey, CommonWealth Magazine | Opinion
April 26, 2022
Dorie Seavey is a climate economist and author.

» To fight climate change, and now Russia, too, Zurich turns off natural gas
By Dan Charles, NPR
April 20, 2022

» As N.H. lawmakers and utilities embrace renewable natural gas, environmental groups raise concerns
Environmentalists say renewable natural gas is costly and limited, and that it can be used to justify building and maintaining fossil fuel infrastructure.
By Amanda Gokee, New Hampshire Bulletin, in Energy News Network
April 20, 2022

» A fossil-free National Grid? Critics call it a pipe dream.
By Bruce Gellerman, WBUR
April 19, 2022

» Natural gas investments fuel climate concerns
By Colin A. Young State House News Service
April 4, 2022

» Connecticut regulators move to end subsidies for new natural gas hookups
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said a program meant to help Connecticut residents and businesses switch from oil to natural gas has not met targets and no longer aligns with the state’s climate goals.
By Lisa Prevost, Energy News Network
March 25, 2022

» What’s the future of gas in Mass.? Utilities and critics have different visions
By Bruce Gellerman, WBUR
March 18, 2022

» A net-zero future for gas utilities? Switching to underground thermal networks
Three pilot projects in Massachusetts will connect ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool entire neighborhoods.
By Jeff St. John, Canary Media
March 1, 2022

» Berkshire Gas sees natural gas as part of its plan to meet state climate goals. Some observers disagree
By Danny Jin, The Berkshire Eagle
February 27, 2022

» Transmission, reliability and gas system decarbonization top of mind for state utility regulators in 2022
By Michelle Solomon and Hadley Tallackson, Utility Dive | Opinion
February 23, 2022

» Vermont gas utility has a new service: helping to electrify your home
Vermont Gas Systems announced that it would begin selling, leasing, installing and servicing electric heat pump water heaters for customers in a move that it expects to be neutral to its bottom line.
By David Thill, Energy News Network
February 7, 2022

» IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics
Financial concerns are likely to affect other PJM gas projects still in the planning phase
By Dennis Wamsted, IEEFA.org
November 18, 2021

» Utility Company in Oklahoma May Charge $1,400 Fee to Switch From Gas to Electric
By Paige Bennett, EcoWatch
November 9, 2021

» Expert says natural gas program ‘has been a complete fleecing of utility ratepayers’
By Kimberly James | The Center Square contributor
October 29, 2021

» The state asked for a blueprint of a gas-free future. Why are the utilities writing the first draft?
By Sabrina Shankman, Boston Globe
October 14, 2021

» Massachusetts advocates say they’re being ignored in future-of-gas talks
Climate and equity groups say gas utilities are marginalizing their views as they develop a legally required “roadmap” for the gas industry’s future in the state.
By Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network
October 4, 2021

» Gas industry says new rules not needed
By Christian M. Wade, Eagle Tribune
April 8, 2021

» Can gas utilities survive the energy transition? Massachusetts is going to find out.
By Emily Pontecorvo, Grist
November 4, 2020

» Healey calls for orderly transition away from natural gas
Petition raises host of questions that need to be answered
By Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine
June 4, 2020

» State regulators want better reporting of lost gas
By Christian M. Wade, Gloucester Times
August 7, 2019

» Utilities are ‘the new cyber battlefield,’ as US ramps up pressure on Russia’s electric grid
Robert Walton, Utility Dive
June 18, 2019

» U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, New York Times
June 15, 2019

» New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says
By Barbara Moran, WBUR
April 1, 2019

» Columbia Gas Names New President In Massachusetts
By Dave Copeland, Patch.com
February 15, 2019

» Holyoke Gas and Electric imposes moratorium on new natural gas service
By Dennis Hohenberger, MassLive
February 14, 2019

» Holyoke utility, citing pipeline constraints, halts natural gas hookups
By Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine
February 14, 2019