Group of 67 organizations urges govt leaders in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to support EVs

Acadia Center announced that a coalition of 67 businesses and organizations, including utilities, other private companies, business groups, electric vehicle advocacy groups, and environmental groups, urges the Governors and Governors-Elect in the eleven Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to make policies that support electric vehicles (EVs) a top priority for their administrations going forward

CT Creeps Toward Electric Grid 2.0

In the four years since Bruce Becker opened his groundbreaking apartment building at 360 State Street in New Haven, its most ground-breaking element – a clean-energy, 400-kilowatt fuel cell that can meet nearly all the building’s electricity needs — has been running at half power.

RI Public Utilities Commission Votes to Expand Cost-Saving Energy Efficiency Programs in 2015

PROVIDENCE, RI – On December 23, 2014, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the 2015 Energy Efficiency Program Plan for Rhode Island, which will enable cost-effective energy efficiency programs to generate economic savings for electric and natural gas consumers in the state. The 2015 Energy Efficiency Plan was developed collaboratively by key stakeholders representing a wide range of consumer and environmental interests, including Acadia Center, the Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, the Office of Energy Resources, and National Grid. The plan is also supported by the National Consumer Law Center
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67 Signers Call for EV Action in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

BOSTON, MA- A broad coalition of sixty-seven businesses and organizations, including utilities, other private companies, business groups, electric vehicle advocacy groups, and environmental groups, urges the Governors and Governors-Elect in the eleven Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to make policies that support electric vehicles (EVs) a top priority for their administrations going forward. In a letter sent this week, the groups indicate that, “EVs provide major benefits for consumers, the regional economy, energy independence, public health, and the environment.” They urge the state leaders to use a new or existing high-level state task force to pursue the following: 1.    Providing financial
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Support Gathers for Legislation to Cap Fixed Fees on Power Bills

The controversial decision by regulators Wednesday to approve a higher fixed customer fee for Connecticut Light & Power’s customers has triggered a strong response from lawmakers and energy advocates who say they will push for legislation to cap those fees.

Solar Speaks Podcast

Climate Change is one of the premier issues of our time, but solar can help solve it. We spoke with Jamie Howland of Acadia Center, an organization which has offices throughout New England, to find out how it too is working to solve climate change and what resources it offers solar professionals. Listen to learn more.

LTE Energy Solutions

We commend the BDN for its thoughtful Dec. 6 editorial, “Using less is Maine’s only option to dull winter electricity price spike.” Energy efficiency is the best near-term solution to our energy challenges.

Letter: Create a Smart Electric Grid

Paul Grimaldi’s Dec. 5 article (“National Grid in midst of system upgrades in Rhode Island”) described National Grid’s $1.3 billion infrastructure plan to improve Rhode Island’s electric and natural gas system reliability. Not mentioned is that Rhode Island is one of the first states to adopt guidelines for electric grid planning that include consideration of customer-side energy resources as complements or substitutes for large-scale infrastructure.

Regulators Trim CL&P Rate Hike, Allow Higher Fixed Fees

Regulators slashed Connecticut Light & Power’s request for higher electric rates, lowering its existing profit margin and, for the first time, penalizing the power company for its troubled response to two disastrous storms three years ago. The draft decision released Monday reduced the company’s $221 million increase to $130 million, a slimmed down cost that will add about $7 to typical monthly bills, nearly half of the increase coming from a slightly higher fixed charge.