Gas Moratorium Frustrations Mount September 09 2019, 0 Comments
From Politico New York Energy Newsletter's Danielle Muoio and Marie J. French 2019 09 06 report:
National Grid's moratorium on new gas connections in parts of New York City has delayed affordable housing projects and repairs to existing homes, adding a new level of frustration for local officials who say the gas cutoff is slowing growth and holding constituents "hostage." The utility company said it has projected a gas shortage for next winter and won't approve new hookups until the state approves a controversial pipeline that would boost gas supply. Environmental advocates dispute that gas constraints exist and said the moratorium is a ploy to get the pipeline approved. The project delays come as the state continues to investigate whether National Grid was right to halt new gas service. The state's investigation was originally scheduled to conclude on July 1, but officials have yet to release the report or provide a new timeline on when it can be expected. And while the Department of Public Service investigation drags on, developers and homeowners say their projects are stuck in limbo. "We reached out to National Grid and I think that they were very happy that they had hostages to hold — to use us as a pawn with the governor to try and get their point across in getting the line," said Ben Shavolian, president of Shelter Rock Builders, whose affordable housing project in Brooklyn has been delayed by the moratorium.