Federal authorities said there’s no problem with how utilities like Eversource buy space on New England’s natural gas pipeline system. It counters a recent, controversial study by the Environmental Defense Fund.
EDF's 2017 report criticized how Eversource and Connecticut-based Avangrid held onto pipeline capacity they didn’t end up using during the Polar Vortex a few years back. Doing that is legal, but the study argued it led to artificial shortages that cost ratepayers billions. Eversource has called the study a fabrication, and commissioned its own analysis that found no improper activity. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it agrees with that conclusion. In a statement, the commission says its review found, “EDF’s study was flawed and led to incorrect conclusions about the alleged withholding.” EDF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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