Connecticut abandons review of gas pipeline proposals

Eversource crews installing a natural gas pipes in Connecticut (Photo provided by Eversource)
Eversource crews installing a natural gas pipes in Connecticut (Photo provided by Eversource)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut energy officials are abandoning a review of pipeline proposals to bring more natural gas into the state and the region.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the decision was based on rulings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that would have prevented the cost of upgrading pipelines from being passed along to ratepayers.

Dennis Schain says it does not make sense to continue with regional projects if costs cannot be shared among states.

The state had been looking at seven proposals from bidders as it pursued more pipeline capacity.

Energy industry experts have warned that New England’s limited natural gas pipeline capacity will limit the ability to meet growing demand.

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