State’s top executives push for more natural gas
MA Competitive Partnership appeals to Baker, DeLeo, Chandler
THE MASSACHUSETTS COMPETITIVE PARTNERSHIP, a group representing the top executives of the state’s largest employers, released a letter on Tuesday urging the state’s top three political leaders to push for an expansion of the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
The letter was dated March 12, but not released publicly until Tuesday because officials with the partnership first wanted to reach out personally to Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Harriette Chandler. Officials did not disclose how those personal conversations went.
The letter from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership broke little new ground on the divisive pipeline issue. It said more natural gas capacity was needed to stabilize energy prices in the region, particularly during peak demand periods when demand for natural gas outstrips available supply.
Dan O’Connell, the president and CEO of the partnership, and Bryan Jamele, the chief operating officer, said in the letter that the organization supports the shift to hydro-electricity and renewable energy. “The reality is that the region is still years away from the benefit of relying solely on renewables for the majority of our electricity generation needs,” the letter said.
Officials said the partnership is also now a member of the Coalition for Sustainable Energy, an organization made of Massachusetts business groups that is pushing for more natural gas capacity. The group announced its formation in February.