In Light of CPP, Midwest States Look to Established Carbon Markets

…”It’s encouraging to see increasing interest in regional mass-based trading. Allowing market participants the flexibility to determine how and where to reduce emissions results in environmental improvement at the least cost to ratepayers. This has proven to be the case in the [RGGI] states, where, since the program began, significant emissions reductions have coincided with lower electricity prices,” Jordan Stutt, policy analyst with think-tank Acadia Center, said… (This article is available only with a subscription to SNL Financial)

Acadia Center Welcomes Chuck Quintero as Clean Energy Community Engagement Director in Maine

Rockport, ME –Acadia Center is pleased to announce that Chuck Quintero is joining the organization as Director of Clean Energy Community Engagement (Maine), where his focus will be on raising awareness, network building and advancing Acadia Center’s clean energy program goals. “We’re very excited that Chuck is joining our team. Chuck’s deep knowledge of Maine and extensive experience in state government and community outreach will contribute greatly to our work to advance a consumer-friendly, more local and clean energy system that will strengthen our communities and position Maine for a stronger economic future,” said Daniel L. Sosland, Acadia Center President.
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CT Mirror/AARP Google Hangout: Fixed-Rate Cap on Electric Rates

Along with sponsor AARP, The Connecticut Mirror hosted its fourth Google Hangout of the 2015 Connecticut Legislative session to discuss variable rates and the fixed-rate cap with third-party electric retailers. The panel consisted of William Dornbos, Senior Attorney and Director, Connecticut Office for Acadia Center; Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut; and John Erlingheuser, Chief Lobbyist for AARP Connecticut.  Dornbos’s commentary begins at 11:20.   For more information on the fixed-rate cap in Connecticut read our analysis here.   Source: http://ctmirror.org/2015/05/27/ct-mirroraarp-google-hangout-fixed-rate-cap-on-electric-rates/     

Cutting Carbon Pollution While Promoting Economic Growth

According to a report by Acadia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing clean energy policy, RGGI “provides both a proven template for state action and an example of the capacity to clean up the power sector while benefiting consumers.” Acadia’s report further argued that “RGGI’s flexible, market-based system reduces emissions at lower cost than alternative approaches” and provides states with “the flexibility to achieve distinct local objectives.” It suggested that joining RGGI would be the best way for the state of Virginia to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

New Analysis: $10 Fixed Electric Charge Cap to Lower Most CT Monthly Bills for Eversource Energy’s Residential Customers

At Connecticut’s General Assembly these days, a debate is raging about consumers’ control over their electric use and costs. On one side, the utilities defend ever higher “fixed charges” on electric bills; on the other, consumers and their advocacy allies push to lower and cap those charges at $10. A fixed charge is a monthly flat minimum charge on a customer’s electricity account that should be an accurate calculation of the minimum, short-term fixed cost of connecting a customer to the grid. High fixed charges hurt consumers by increasing the amount that must be paid regardless of energy use. These
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Principles to Strengthen the RGGI Program

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—a market-based program developed to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector—has been a success through its first six years of operation. Since the program began in 2009, the nine participating states have seen electricity prices fall while harmful emissions from the power sector have been reduced. Revenue from emission allowance auctions has been reinvested in programs that help consumers make energy efficiency improvements in their homes and save on energy costs. RGGI’s success shows the ability of market-based approaches to deliver cost-effective emissions reductions, and demonstrates how states can work together to develop sound
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Consumer Advocates, Eversource Energy Spar Over Cap on Fixed Charges

… A report released Monday by the Acadia Center says more than half of Eversource Energy’s customers would see their electric bills decrease if the legislation, which would cap fixed-rate charges at $10, is approved by both the state Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But the legislation has not yet been voted on by the Senate, said William Dornbos, a senior attorney the Acadia Center and director of the organization’s Connecticut office…

Report: RGGI Changes Will be Needed under Clean Power Plan

Clean-energy supporters at Acadia Center have completed a report finding certain changes will be necessary to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in order for it to align with new carbon mandates, including extending the RGGI cap to at least 2030.Thus far the Northeast regional effort aimed at reducing emissions has seen a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, $630 million in energy efficiency funding, and $2.3 billion in consumer savings.

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New Analysis Shows that Capping the Fixed Electric Charge at $10 Will Lower the Majority of Monthly Bills for Eversource Energy’s Residential Customers

Hartford, CT – Rebutting inaccurate information publicly provided by Eversource Energy in response to efforts to place a ceiling on fixed minimum customer charges, new analysis released today by Acadia Center shows that significantly more than half of residential customers’ monthly bills would decrease if the General Assembly enacts a $10 fixed charge cap, as proposed in pending Senate Bill 570. Using information provided by Eversource in its 2014 rate case before the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), Acadia Center found that: All residential customers that use less electricity than the average in a given month would pay less if
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Your View: Fee-and-Refund Carbon Pricing Model Works for People and Business

If you could pass legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, return money to Massachusetts residents and businesses, increase the number of jobs in the state, and accelerate the growth of the commonwealth’s clean energy sector, why wouldn’t you? Massachusetts has the opportunity to be a national leader on one of the most urgent issues of our time — climate change — just as we were with universal health care and marriage equality. We can do that by becoming the first state in the nation to pass carbon fee and refund legislation, a market-driven system that will benefit both the environment
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