If natural gas is going to save America, boost our economy, roll back carbon emissions and bring back our Golden Age of energy, we probably should determine if it can stand the cold. The last few weeks seemed to stump natural gas supplies with its cold snap.
The cold affected electricity generation systems, particularly natural gas, in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast such that supply weakened and prices skyrocketed. In New England, natural gas faltered so much that regional grid administrator ISO-New England had to bring up dirtier coal and oil plants to try to make up the difference (Hartford Business). Just prior to the cold snap, ISO-New England had told the governors in the northeast that increased dependence of the region on natural gas has made the energy market in New England fragile (Seattle PI).