December 10, 2023

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU)

Massachusetts Moves to Limit New Gas Infrastructure

Massachusetts has moved to discourage new investment in natural gas infrastructure by blocking utilities from recovering costs unless they can show they first considered non-gas alternatives.

Avangrid, Utilities Reach Deal to Cancel Commonwealth Wind PPAs
Avangrid and three utilities reached $48 million deal to end the PPAs for the Commonwealth Wind project.
Overheard at NECA 2020 Fuels Conference
The NECA Fuels Conference tackled the subject of natural gas bans by local governments, questioning if they are necessary to transition to clean energy.
Mass. Regulators Reject DER Surcharge in Rate Case
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities rejected fees National Grid sought to impose on small DER-owning commercial and industrial customers.
Eversource, National Grid Withdraw Requests to Bill for Pipeline
Eversource and National Grid withdrew their requests to bill electric ratepayers for natural gas capacity from the proposed Access Northeast pipeline.
UPDATED: Mass. Supreme Court Vacates EDC-Pipeline Contract Order
A Massachusetts court struck down regulators’ plan to allow electric distribution companies to charge ratepayers for additional natural gas pipeline capacity.
Generation Owners Seek to Block EDC-Pipeline Deals
PSEG and NextEra petitioned FERC to block New England states’ efforts to have electric ratepayers underwrite the cost of expanded natural gas pipelines.
Pipeline Developer Asks Massachusetts to Order Route Access
Tennessee Gas Pipeline is asking Massachusetts regulators to grant it access to more than 400 properties whose owners have refused to cooperate with the company.
Divided PURA Approves Utility Takeover
A divided panel of Connecticut regulators on Wednesday gave final approval to Iberdrola USA’s $3 billion takeover of UIL Holdings. The state’s Public Utilit...
Mass. Attorney General’s Study: Pipelines Unneeded
Attorney General Maura Healey released a study that said additional interstate natural gas pipelines are not needed to guarantee the reliability of NE’s grid.

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