Environmental Benefits

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Adding natural gas capacity from the Access Northeast project will save households and businesses in the Northeast billions of dollars on their electric bills and substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region.

Source: Wood Mackenzie Study

The Access Northeast project is designed to directly connect to up to 60 percent of New England's gas-fired power plants and will provide critically needed reliability and help lower electricity rates for New England. A study conducted by Wood Mackenzie demonstrated that by delivering more clean-burning natural gas to power generators during the cold New England winters, the Access Northeast project could eliminate the need for dirtier coal- and oil-fired generation. The study found that if Access Northeast had been operational for the winter of 2014-15, New England carbon emissions would have been reduced by 3.4 million tons, the equivalent of taking 650,000 cars off the road for a year. 

Supporting New England's growing use of Renewables

The Access Northeast project will ensure that New England has a reliable base of clean electricity and support other clean energy sources as we utilize wind or solar power in the coming years. The Access Northeast Project will support the development of renewable energy in New England by providing quick start generation capabilities to backstop intermittent power sources.

Reduction in Environmental Impacts 

The Access Northeast project will avoid overbuilding new pipeline infrastructure through a customized solution to address New England's energy challenge. More than 95% of the project will utilize existing pipeline and utility corridors and natural gas infrastructure, thus minimizing environmental and community effects.