Steve Griffith - March 26, 2014
As a final stepping-stone to the achievement of my master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, I am currently working to finalize my thesis, tentatively entitled “The Natural Gas Dilemma in New England’s Electricity Sector”.
Currently, more than 50 percent of New England’s electricity is generated by natural gas. Although 'cleaner' than coal or oil generation, natural gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions. My thesis explores experts' perspectives on state and regional policy opportunities available to reconcile this natural gas reliance with the region's ambitious long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. To inform the thesis, I conducted fifteen interviews with regional energy and climate experts from non-profit advocacy and association groups, private sector energy consultancies, environmental protection agencies, state utility commissions, and regional energy authorities.