Recent attacks on a pipeline in Yemen have regional electricity grid managers preparing for a possible drop in supplies of liquefied natural gas in the Boston area.
Natural gas is abundant in the US, but local grid manager ISO New England said some power plants in northeastern Massachusetts have access only to liquefied natural gas.
The ISO says because of that, if electricity demand spikes or another local power generator unexpectedly stops operating, diminished LNG supplies from Yemen put the grid’s ability to reliably produce electricity at risk.
An ISO spokeswoman says it has a plan in case problems arise. It includes stopping maintenance on transmission lines to keep them available, working with power generators to manage their LNG supply, and enacting requirements on certain customers to reduce their power use.