Natural gas needed to keep costs affordable

Posted: March 5, 2018

Publication: Watertown Daily Times

By: Rob DiFrancesco

When it’s freezing cold outside, no one wants to think about the law of supply and demand.

But that fact of life takes a major toll on our budgets as we keep our homes bright and warm through the winter months: When demand goes up, supply gets more expensive.

If you’ve looked at your utility bills lately, you know what that means. This year, a shortage in natural gas has raised energy prices well above average (Watertown Daily Times story, “Residents, commercial users see electric costs rise following cold snap,” Feb. 21).

This shortage will continue unless we increase our fuel supply — but the state has blocked proposals to do so.

We have natural gas in upstate’s Marcellus Shale, but New York says we can’t frack. New pipelines could increase our imported natural gas supply, but the state won’t issue the necessary permits.

To fuel our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals reliably, we need plenty of low-carbon, cheap natural gas. Our state government can turn the law of supply and demand in our favor — but only if it acts now to plan and create the infrastructure essential to ensuring we can get the natural gas we need at a price we can afford.

Rob DiFrancesco

New York

The writer is executive director of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance.

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