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New England May Face a Gas Shortage This Winter

  • Top regulator FERC releases annual winter energy outlook
  • NOAA predicting warmer winter temperatures for most of the US
Natural gas burns on a stove top.

Natural gas burns on a stove top.

Photographer: Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg

New England is at risk of natural gas shortages this winter amid surging global demand that’s driving up US exports, according to the top federal energy regulator. 

Fuel availability “is a primary concern” in the six New England states, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday in its annual winter assessment. Strong demand for liquefied natural gas is keeping prices high, and the region also faces limited pipeline capacity.