Although the approach is too late for projects that have already begun a federal review process, a dozen New England congressmen and senators have asked for help from the Department of Energy in coordinating a regional approach to siting liquefied natural gas facilities. Reps. Tom Allen and Mike Michaud have both signed on to this request, which makes sense for future energy projects.
What are not being discussed are the key characteristics of a good electricity supply: reliable, dependable, quality power at an affordable and predictable price. When we flip a light switch, start a ski lift, or turn on a factory machine, we expect -- even demand -- that electricity will flow. This can happen only if Vermont has a substantial portfolio of "base-load" power.