A nearly yearlong effort by New England's governors to address the region's soaring energy costs has been put on hold.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has called for a delay as he and others express concerns over plans for importing hydropower from Canada and investing in new natural gas pipelines.
The governors were expected to detail their proposal to impose tariffs on electric ratepayers to finance the energy infrastructure projects by early September.
Patrick's office says it wants more time to weigh its options. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have also voiced concerns in recent months.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage's administration is ``deeply concerned'' and wants Patrick to reconsider his stance. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee's administration says it's exploring other opportunities in the meantime.