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N.E. power grid seems focused on old fixes, not new opportunities

Gordon van Welie, president of ISO New England, is sounding the alarm on New England’s increased reliance on natural gas (“N.E. grid leader cites dependence on natural gas,” Business, March 20). But is the solution really as simple as building more pipeline to carry more gas?

The increased use of natural gas for electricity, driven by historically low gas prices and decreased electric demand, has been pushing old, outdated coal and oil power plants into retirement. This overdue technology turnover should be viewed as a welcome opportunity for New England to show the rest of the nation how to build a cleaner, more resilient grid.

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