Contrary to the depiction in some media reports, an Everysource spokesperson said Aug. 24 that her company remains committed to a major natural gas pipeline in the Northeast despite an adverse court ruling on cost recovery in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Aug. 17 ruled for ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC f/k/a GDF Suez Gas NA LLC and the Conservation Law Foundation against the state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) over a cost pass-through program for new gas pipeline construction.
“Our filing earlier this week was simply a formality related to the long-term gas capacity contracts we had filed with the Massachusetts DPU for approval,” said Eversource spokesperson Caroline Pretyman. “The SJC last week ruled the “MDPU does not have the authority to review and approve those contracts, so we formally withdrew them,” the Eversource spokesperson told GenerationHub.
“This is not a reflection upon our commitment to Access Northeast, as we are a partner in the development of the project. We, along with our partners Spectra and National Grid, remain firmly committed to our part in solving New England’s energy challenge,” Pretyman said.
“There is a sizeable need for natural gas in Massachusetts and throughout New England that is unabated by the Court’s decision. The Court’s decision provides no solution to the energy cost, reliability and environmental challenges that the New England region faces today. One thing is certain, the status quo is not sustainable. As such, our work to obtain contract approval will continue throughout the New England states while an alternative path is established in Massachusetts,” according to the Eversource statement,” the company representative said.