Many people fail to see or are willing to admit the positive role that the shale gas revolution will play in easing the pain of implementing EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP). In my opinion, abundant and cheap natural gas really takes the wind out of the sails of those who argue against the CPP. Lets also remember that affordable and efficient gas-fired combustion turbines will be ramped up and down in many regions to integrate all the wind and solar into the electric grid for the near future. Current natural gas prices at $2.07/MMBtu make that relatively easy and very affordable. As a result, the U.S. power sector is becoming more "gassy" and more dependent on a reliable delivery of gas. At this time, 3,000 MW of new, natural gas-fired generating capacity is either under construction in New England or will be soon. New York and PJM are also seeing increases in natural gas fired power plants.
But what would happen if there wasn't enough pipeline capacity to transport gas to markets to meet heating and electricity needs during winter? We already have the answers- very high natural gas prices that were up to 50x the average price. Read more about Pipeline Constraints Could Stifle Clean Power Plan, Increase Gas Prices