Politicians in New York have been hostile to the boom in natural gas that the northeast has been experiencing in recent years, as many policies would prefer to switch completely to renewables. The people seem to want affordable, reliable, energy, though. This clash between what politicians want and what the people demand has come to a head over the last couple months in Westchester County, New York.
Con Edison, the local gas utility, has for years been trying to get more natural gas into New York. They say they need more pipelines and more storage facilities. State politicians and regulators in Albany, New York have thwarted these projects, though. The biggest example is the Constitution Pipeline, a $638 million, 124-mile pipeline that is supposed to run from the gas-rich Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, New York. Federal regulators seem to recognize the need, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his appointees have stopped the project in its tracks for now.
On January 17, Con Edison issued a moratorium on new customers, saying it would not have enough gas to hook up more people. That moratorium took effect on March 15, and the company announced it now has a backlog of 1,300 applications.
New York State is refusing to back down and help Con Edison get the gas it needs. Instead, the State announced on March 14 that it would invest $250M in clean energy programs to reduce energy consumption in Westchester County. The idea is that instead of bringing in more of the abundant natural gas from nearby states, New York will create enough green energy to allow the existing natural gas supplies to be shared with new customers. So far, Con Edison seems to not be buying it. The company says the moratorium is still going into effect, because new customers would compromise the limited capacity in existing interstate pipelines in the region.
If New York politicians ever change their mind, there is plenty of gas available in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Cimmaron Land has been helping producers secure the rights to produce this gas, and if you are interested in joining them you can contact us online.