The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) retained Synapse to conduct an analysis of various scenarios related to gas demand in Massachusetts. Termed the “low demand study,” the purpose of the analysis was to consider these scenarios and evaluate a range of solutions to meet Massachusetts’ short and long-term resource needs, considering greenhouse gas reductions, economic costs and benefits, and system reliability. Throughout the study, Synapse solicited input from a broad range of stakeholders to inform the study.
New England’s natural gas infrastructure has become increasingly stressed during peak winter periods as regional demand for natural gas has grown. This situation has led to gas supply and transmission deficits into the region for the gas-fired electric generators during the winter months. Insufficient natural gas supply for the electric sector has contributed to high wholesale gas prices to generators and thus high electricity prices. Furthermore, as non-gas generators retire and gas generators replace them, the New England electric system is becoming more dependent on natural gas generators.
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