Steve Dodge

Executive director, Massachusetts Petroleum Council

Stories by Steve Dodge

Brayton Pt closing ups need for gas

Brayton Pt closing ups need for gas

New pipeline capacity needed to match supply, demand

AS BADLY AS ALL OF US in Massachusetts have been needing improved access to natural gas, Wednesday at midnight our need–and the challenge to our economy and energy security–grow even more critical. The reason? Wednesday at midnight is when the giant, coal-powered Brayton Point electric generating station in Somerset, Massachusetts, shuts down for good. For(...)

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Natural gas shouldn’t be the boogie man

Natural gas shouldn’t be the boogie man

Gas is the reason emissions and costs are down

IT’S IRONIC THAT SEVERAL DAYS after Emily Norton’s op-ed in CommonWealth (“Kill the Northeast pipeline“), the Department of Environmental Protectiion announced that greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts decreased from 2013 to 2014, continuing a downward trend that began nearly a decade ago. Why are greenhouse gases down? Why do state officials say Massachusetts is on-track to(...)

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Pipeline tariff is not a tax

Pipeline tariff is not a tax

It would save ratepayers $780m to $1.2b a year

SEVEN OF THE TOP 10 most expensive states for electricity costs are in the Northeast, including Massachusetts. We pay the sixth-highest retail electricity prices in the nation – almost 50 percent above the national average. With ample natural gas supplies only a day’s drive away in Pennsylvania, why are Massachusetts and our New England neighbors(...)

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