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  1. Massachusetts court bars billing electricity ratepayers for new gas pipelines

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has prohibited ratepayer-funded natural gas capacity purchases by electric utilities. The Aug. 17 decision vacated a Department of Public Utilities Commission order giving it authority to approve electric utilities’ contracts for new gas pipeline capacity if they are in the public interest. DPUC’s Department of Energy Resources sought the order because it believed gas pipeline constraints have caused unseasonably high winter electricity prices in the Bay State. But the court said allowing electric utilities to pass pipeline capacity costs through to ratepayers violates the state’s 1997 utilities restructuring act. Unlike gas utilities that regularly contract for capacity, Massachusetts electric utilities are generally unwilling or unable to enter into long-term firm gas contracts, it noted in its decision. “For these generators, there is added risk for such contracting because there is no means by which they can be reasonably assured of receiving enough revenue to cover the cost of securing the gas capacity over the course of each year,” it said. Gas pipeline owners and operators, on the other hand, are not willing to build new capacity without long-term contracts, it continued. “Thus, pipeline companies do not have sufficient assurances such that they are willing to build additional pipeline capacity for gas-fired electric generators, despite the increasing gas demand for heating and as a source of supply for electric power,” the court said, adding that DOER characterized this as a mismatch which needed to be addressed. It found the order invalid because it would undermine the restructuring act’s main objectives and reexpose ratepayers to financial risks from which the legislature sought to protect them. A Massachusetts Petroleum Council official immediately criticized the court’s decision. “Inexpensive, clean-burning natural gas is so close yet so far away for Bay Staters, who have paid some of the highest energy costs in the nation,” Associate Director Beth Treseder said. “This decision will not give consumers relief in energy prices, potentially causing them to needlessly spend millions more each year for electricity and gas as compared to neighboring states,” she said. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  2. States review clean energy projects for New England region

    The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn't lure on their own

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    Tue, 30 Aug 2016

  3. Renewable Energy News: States review clean energy projects for New England region

    Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states.

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    Mon, 29 Aug 2016

  4. Williams Partners' receives commitments for gas pipeline capacity on Sunrise Expansion

    Williams Partners expects to bring Atlantic Sunrise into service in the second half of 2017, assuming all necessary regulatory approvals are received in a timely manner.

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2014

  1. India more than doubling natural gas pipeline capacity

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    Tue, 3 Apr 2012

  2. Williams files FERC application to expand Transco natural gas pipeline capacity

    New service from the Mid-South Expansion project would be available in two phases, subject to FERC approval. Phase 1 would increase capacity by 95,000 dekatherms per day by the fall of 2012, while Phase II would increase capacity by 130,000 dekatherms per day by the summer of 2013.

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    Tue, 2 Nov 2010

  3. Construction nears for Hillabee expansion project

    Williams Partners LP expects to begin construction in May on its Hillabee natural gas pipeline expansion project, recently approved by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The first phase of the project is expected to go into service in May 2017.

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    Fri, 11 Mar 2016

  4. Lawmakers see LNG storage as way to boost winter gas supply

    Lawmakers looking to Maine's energy future often focus on natural gas and Canadian hydropower, but some say liquefied natural gas should be part of the fix.

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    Fri, 19 Feb 2016

  5. ISO New England braces for winter with power grid improvements

    ISO deals with issues of gas supply to power plants during cold snaps

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    Wed, 2 Dec 2015

  6. FERC warns possible gas, power price volatility during California winter

    Futures prices in the power sector are down 51 percent from last year at the Massachusetts hub 

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2015

  7. FERC approves settlement of California PUC complaint involving El Paso Corp. pipeline capacity

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted a settlement, subject to modification, between the California Public Utilities Commission and business units of El Paso Corporation resolving a complaint alleging withholding of natural gas pipeline capacity into California.

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    Mon, 17 Nov 2003

  8. FERC to seek comment on Sempra gas petition

    FERC officials Friday were reviewing Sempra Energy's emergency request to reinstate price caps on short-term releases of interstate gas pipeline capacity for service to the California border.

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    Mon, 11 Dec 2000

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