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We’ve called previously for this state to come up with a comprehensive plan to solve our energy crisis, which curbs economic expansion and hits ratepayers’ disposable incomes.

And Thursday during a meeting of New England governors in Hartford, a Boston Globe story indicated what route Gov. Charlie Baker would likely pursue to solve this problem.

It’s a definite break from the previous administration, which pushed for renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power.

Instead Baker would like to use a combination of increased natural gas and water-fed electricity from Quebec, Canada, to help bring energy prices under control. While Baker still adheres to exploring every energy option, he seems to realize intermittent sources like wind and solar aren’t the answer in the near or immediate term.

According to the Globe, Baker sees the proposal by Spectra Energy Corp. to expand the existing Algonquin Pipeline as the best route to import more natural gas. Unlike a competing plan by Kinder Morgan to run a pipeline along western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, the Spectra plan, still in the development stage, would expand capacity with improvements along a roughly 20-mile stretch of existing pipeline.

Its south-north route also connects to the North American pipeline grid in Dracut — the same destination as the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

It’s encouraging to see at least the outline of an energy solution. But that’s all it is. Formidable obstacles remain before actual energy relief is a reality.

Environmentalists and NIMBYists have fought the Kinder Morgan proposal in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, while the number of transmission lines needed to bring hydropowered electricity from Quebec has met resistance in Maine and Vermont.

And not every New England state’s energy needs are the same, which means each must create its own blueprint.

And no matter the plan, the federal government — as in the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission — has the final say. That’s the immovable object that both pipeline proponents and the environmental lobby face.

Nonetheless, we urge the Baker administration to finalize an energy-expansion plan, and identify the means to accomplish it.

We see the governor moving in the right direction to meet our energy needs. He must keep that momentum going.