New England’s energy system is not mired in the crisis that many people assume it is, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Acadia Center argues in a policy paper published this week by Commonwealth Magazine. The article — to be followed by two more parts over the next few weeks — argues that New England energy markets performed well during record cold in 2015, undercutting the widespread belief that the six states in the region need aggressive action to head off looming shortages.

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