Natural gas use seen soaring in New England

Natural gas consumption is up 140% in New England, compared with an average 3% increase for the US as a whole during the past 3 decades, but the region remains the most oil-dependent in the US.That was a key finding of the New England Council in a new assessment of the regional energy market. NEC is a nonprofit alliance of schools, hospitals, and private industry.Regional approach neededDespite improvements in energy efficiency, New England's energy demand, especially electricity and natural gas, will continue to grow, requiring a regional approach to energy policies, the council said. "With the digital economy and the shift from oil to natural gas as the fuel of choice for power gene...

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