Why Invest in Energy Efficiency

We now have numbers that show what we’ve been thinking – energy efficiency is an investment that delivers a huge return. Last week the Acadia Center released Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada which was commissioned by Natural Resources Canada.

Energy Efficiency Engine of Economic Growth for Canada

Acadia Center Releases Comprehensive Report – “Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada” Detailed nation-wide modeling shows impressive economic growth and job creation potential from clean energy resource Ottawa, ON November 18, 2014 – With the release of Acadia Center’s (formerly ENE)  latest report – Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada – policymakers and the public now have access to detailed analysis regarding the macroeconomic impacts of energy efficiency programs across Canada. The release comes the day before the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) hosts Energy Efficiency Matters on the Hill; a day-long series of meetings between
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Don’t treat natural gas addiction with new pipelines

Massachusetts and New England are dangerously addicted to natural gas. We got addicted because gas burns cleaner than oil and coal and is cheap most of the year. But our need for gas is becoming increasingly problematic as competition for limited supplies on cold days causes energy prices to spike. And the problem is getting worse. National Grid and NSTAR – the Commonwealth’s largest utilities – are increasing Massachusetts electric prices by 37 percent and 29 percent, respectively, to account for higher prices from gas-fired power plants in winter months.

Electric vehicle use creeps along -proponents urge a bigger push

Concerns [of some electric vehicle drivers about range] are what Connecticut officials were trying to overcome when they began a charging station incentive program a little over a year ago and joined seven other states  in a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) initiative aimed at getting 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025. The goal is to help ameliorate climate change by using less fossil fuel, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Transportation is thought to contribute about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

…Utilities in New England have announced electricity rates hikes on the order of 30 percent to 50 percent, making prices some of the highest in the history of the continental United States…these changes seem to have come out of nowhere, but in reality, they have been a long time coming. Between the years of 2000 and 2013, New England went from getting 15 percent of its energy from natural gas to 46 percent. That’s dozens of power plants getting built…But the pipelines to supply those power plants? Not so much.

Climate Quietly Wins Midterm Victory

Environmental groups got few of the results they’d hoped for Tuesday night, losing big both on the national level and in governors’ races. But there was one surprising winner from the races: The Northeast’s multistate carbon-trading plan. In fact, the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could even be poised to pick up one massive new member.