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Increased Demand For Gas Will Require New Supply Options, National Grid Says

Bebeto Matthews

National Grid says it may need a natural gas port offshore of Long Island to meet long-term supply demands. The utility company also wants approval for a proposed pipeline.

National Grid says increased demand for natural gas could strain the system and they will need more fossil fuel infrastructure.

Laura Shindell, who works with the environmental non-profit Food & Water Watch, says energy demand for natural gas on Long Island has plateaued in some regions and has decreased in others.

“National Grid is peddling the same dirty fossil fuel energy ‘solutions’ that just dig us into decades of fossil fuel use.”

She says the proposal wouldn’t help meet the state’s goal to be carbon-neutral. 

National Grid and New York State negotiated a settlement after a moratorium on new gas hookups last year prompted state investigations.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.