PUC Approves Expansion Of Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity

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Rep. Fredette Applauds PUC Decision To Expand Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity

This afternoon, in a move aimed at lowering electricity costs in Maine, the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave their approval to expand natural gas capacity in New England contingent upon other New England states stepping up and making similar approvals.

Today’s action by the PUC stems from the 2013 passage of LD 1559 “An Act To Reduce Energy Costs, Increase Energy Efficiency, Promote Electric System Reliability and Protect the Environment” also known as the omnibus energy bill that was sponsored by Rep. Ken Fredette (R) of Newport, Rep. Barry Hobbins (D) of Saco and Sen. John Cleveland (D) of Androscoggin County. Part B of the bill gave the Public Utilities Commission the authority to execute an energy cost reduction contract to procure natural gas pipeline capacity for the purpose of increasing the flow of natural gas into New England.

“I applaud the decision by the Public Utilities Commission in providing leadership on the issue of lowering the cost of electricity for the Maine people and our businesses,” said Rep. Fredette. “The decision now provides a framework to work collaboratively with other New England states on a method to lower energy costs so Maine and New England can be competitive nationally for business growth, capital investments and job creation.”

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