BOSTON (WWLP) – Federal regulators are currently reviewing proposals to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in Massachusetts, but a new study claims that might not be necessary. The new report, commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey, found that Massachusetts is on track to produce enough electricity to meet our needs for the next 15 years.
The three-month study conducted by the “Analysis Group” reviewed two different pipeline proposals. The research found that an “oversized” pipeline plan would increase both customers’ electric bills and pollution. The study says a “low-carbon” proposal would be less harmful to the environment, but it would also be an expensive alternative.
Healey and state lawmakers have been exploring ways to lower energy costs.
“When you talk about pipeline, we need to be very cognizant of environmental impacts, but you also have to be cognizant of people’s pocketbooks,” said Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington).
Kinder Morgan has argued that Massachusetts spends millions of dollars more than neighboring states on natural gas. They believe their pipeline, which would run across northern portions of Massachusetts and southern portions of New Hampshire, is needed. They have called the Analysis Group study “flawed.”