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Connecticut’s Growing Energy Crisis

January 8, 2018 By Staff
Connecticut’s Growing Energy Crisis

Environmental activists are shutting down reliable sources of energy across America.

A recent CT Conservative Tribune article has called out one consequence of liberals’ environmental obsession in Connecticut: families are at risk of freezing.

And now, thanks to these liberals’ shortsightedness, power companies in New England are functioning at full capacity, struggling to provide locals with heat.

The Hartford Courant has reported on just how much this year’s brutally cold weather has stressed Connecticut’s power grid:

Officials at ISO-New England, operators of the region’s power grid, said energy demands during the recent arctic weather have placed major pressures on energy generators, forcing power companies to rely more on coal and oil to produce electricity.

In 2017, Connecticut dropped plans for a much-needed natural gas pipeline expansion, caving to pressure from environmental activists to oppose all major pipeline projects:

Major utility companies backing a proposed $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline project from Massachusetts and Rhode Island into Connecticut have dropped efforts to get federal permit approval for the project because of serious financing issues.

Aside from Connecticut struggling to meet its energy needs, the state’s poorest citizens are finding winter’s energy bills increasingly unaffordable:

Advocates for the poor and state legislators acknowledged the forces making energy unaffordable only are intensifying, as new pressures grow on state and federal energy funding.

The 2018 ‘bomb cyclone’ is not just a Connecticut problem, of course, but it has highlighted a national issue of electricity supply reliability:

Concerns about the grid are linked to the fast-changing mix of electricity sources, particularly the loss of our most reliable and resilient sources of electricity, such as coal and nuclear power. More than one-third of the nation’s coal fleet that operated in 2010 has either shut down or announced plans to close soon. At the same time, reliance on other electricity sources has increased dramatically. For example, electricity generated by natural gas has increased by 40 percent since 2010, wind by 140 percent and solar by 2,700 percent.

In the wake of environmental activism shutting down reliable sources of energy, the state and nation are facing the harsh reality of energy needs vs. environmental dreams:

NERC, which is responsible for assuring the reliability of the grid in the U.S. and Canada, has issued two reports that include a sober warning about potential problems if we rely too much on natural gas for electricity.