From Politico New York Energy's
(2019 11 13) Marie J. French:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned National Grid in a letter Tuesday that he'd move to revoke the company's franchise in downstate New York if it didn't offer alternatives to the ongoing moratorium on new gas hookups. "If they can't come up with a plan to provide future gas supply, we'll find a utility who can," Cuomo said in an interview on NY1. "They're not the only utility in the world and a lot of companies would like to have this franchise, so they have 14 days to explain to the people of this state what the alternatives are and there can't be a moratorium." Cuomo has been by turns skeptical of the need for a moratorium before acknowledging gas constraint issues. He's suggested alternatives, including trucked or barged natural gas. He's also criticized the Public Service Commission, which he effectively controls but is statutorily independent, for failing to get ahead of the moratorium. National Grid imposed a halt to all new natural gas hookups after Cuomo's administration denied a key permit for the controversial Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement project on May 15. The utility says it won't be able to guarantee firm supplies of gas to new construction without the consistent supply from that pipeline, noting that trucked-in gas and other peaking supplies are not always reliable.