The New England Energy Alliance is a diverse coalition that advocates for action to ensure the availability, reliability and affordability of future energy supplies. We work to build awareness of regional energy issues and to support policymakers, the business community, stakeholder groups and other parties interested in balancing energy, environmental and economic policies and actions.
The Alliance believes the region cannot afford to exclude any energy resource from active consideration including:
- LNG facilities to ensure adequate gas supplies
- The continued operation of existing base load power plants that contribute to fuel diversity and, in the case of nuclear, playa major role in addressing climate change concerns;
- Construction of electric transmission lines needed to move electricity from the plants that produce it to consumers;
- Large-scale renewable projects;
- Policies to enhance competitive markets and to bring wholesale and retail markets into better alignment; and
- Aggressive energy efficiency and demand response programs.
To ensure an affordable, reliable and secure energy supply to New England consumers, the New England Energy Alliance advocates the following principles to guide development of energy policies.
- Proactive Policy and Decision Making. A reliable and affordable supply of natural gas and electricity is directly linked to the region's economic strength and quality of life. Necessary energy infrastructure, including electric transmission, electric generation, gas transmission, and LNG terminals, must be in place when needed. Long lead times for capital intensive projects mean that the region must be proactive (1) to adhere to, and improve, siting processes and (2) to establish policies that encourage public support and timely private sector investment.
- Policy Balancing and Coordination. Each state should strive to balance energy, environmental, and economic policies and ensure that long-term benefits exceed short-term costs. Better coordination and efficient execution of energy, economic, and environmental policy-among the region's states would reduce consumer costs, increase energy supply reliability, and help assure a level playing field for new infrastructure investment.
- Supply Resource Diversity. The most reliable and affordable supply of energy is one that is built on ample supplies, flexibility, and diversity. The exclusion of supply technologies through discriminatory policies and actions and failure to allow viable infrastructure projects to be vetted through established federal, state and local review processes makes the region vulnerable to price instability and delivery interruptions, and such exclusionary practices should be eliminated.
- Recognition of Costs. The energy industry is among the nation's most capital-intensive. To sustain an affordable and reliable supply of energy to meet consumer needs will require significant investments in all segments of the industry. Regardless of market and regulatory structures, public policy and regulatory actions should ensure that those investments are encouraged and that capital, fuel and operating costs are properly allocated and recovered, as appropriate.
- Market Improvement. Electric utility restructuring and competitive wholesale and retail markets in New England increase efficiency through competition, provide consumers with choice and financial benefits, improve air quality and allocate risks of generation investments to developers. Imperfections in the restructured wholesale and retail markets as they mature are not unexpected and must be addressed by appropriate agencies and organizations.
- Demand Side Management Expansion. Cost-effective energy efficiency and demand response programs are essential to the success of a comprehensive energy strategy. State policy makers and regulators must continue to support investment for development of economical energy resources including end-use efficiency and demand response mechanism
- Inter-regional Electric and Gas Interconnection Enhancement. In addition to developing and maintaining vital energy infrastructure within New England, the electricity and gas transmission infrastructure with neighboring regions and eastern Canada should be strengthened, adding diversity, flexibility and resiliency to natural or man-made supply disruptions.