US energy officials to review New England policy

U.S. Department of Energy website

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top U.S. energy official is coming to New England to review the region’s energy problems.

Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, is meeting Monday with state officials in Providence, R.I., and Hartford.

The federal review was ordered by President Barack Obama to develop a strategy for public works needed to transport, store and deliver energy to consumers. The meetings are open to the public.

Federal and state energy officials say they’ll examine constraints in New England and regional approaches to solving the problems.

Officials said that during the severe winter natural gas prices soared to more than $120 per million British thermal units from about $5 in the summer. The spike was due to strong demand, a lack of pipeline systems, limited regional liquefied natural gas deliveries and inadequate storage.

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