Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Massachusetts has some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, will these additional natural gas pipelines reduced costs?
A: No. The proposed pipelines place up-front costs and risk on ratepayers through long-term commitments to pay for the associated infrastructure. In addition this commitment to natural gas would cause the state to fail to meet the region’s climate goals and could increase green-house gas emission-reduction compliance costs over time, negating any benefits that consumers might see.
Q: Are additional natural gas pipelines necessary to ensure that the power system is reliable year-round?
A: No. The non-profit Regional Transmission Organization (ISO-NE) responsible for overseeing the New England electricity market has expressed confidence that the suite of market changes it has promoted will provide the necessary financial incentives for reliable operations at all times of the year with or without electric ratepayer investment in new natural gas pipeline capacity.
Q: I don’t live near either of these proposed pipelines, why should I care?
A: Anyone who uses electricity supplied by major utilities in the state will be affected by these pipelines. In order to finance the pipelines’ construction, costs will be transferred to electricity consumers regardless of their geographic area or the fuel source from which their electricity is generated, in the form of a transmission tariff on their bill. In simplistic terms; if you use electricity, you will be “taxed” to pay for the construction of these pipelines.