Sep 9, 2019

National Grid and NY governor tussle over energy supplies

Plans have changed since then because of a tussle between National Grid, the UK-based energy utility, and Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York. National Grid, which is under intense scrutiny in its home market after a major blackout last month, contends it needs the pipeline to meet a 10 per cent increase in gas demand over the next decade as New York's economy grows and building owners abandon oil as a source of heat. Mr Cuomo's department of public service said it is investigating both Con Edison and National Grid "To determine whether they took appropriate actions to balance the need for reliability with customer impacts in declaring a moratorium on new natural gas hookups." In August it expanded the investigation into National Grid after businesses complained of improper refusals. The conflict in New York comes as National Grid faces two inquiries, one by the UK government and the second by Britain's energy market regulator, into its management of Britain's electricity system, following a blackout that affected more than 1m homes and businesses, as well as rail travel, particularly in London and south-east England. Mr Bruckner said of Mr Cuomo's criticisms, "The governor is certainly looking out for his constituents in New York, as he should." But he disputed the claim that National Grid was unfairly reneging on service commitments.

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