Acadia Center Submits Comments to Connecticut DEEP about Weatherization

Weatherization of our residential housing stock will be critical to achieving an affordable clean energy future in Connecticut. Four years ago the Connecticut General Assembly made a smart move when they required the state’s Conservation and Load Management Plans (“C&LM Plan”) to take steps to weatherize eighty percent of the state’s residential units by 2030. The statute, however, did not include a definition of weatherization, so the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) along with stakeholders developed a draft definition in the fall of 2012. The definition endorsed three possible approaches for defining a building as weatherized: a
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US Clean Power Plan Raises Carbon Trading Profile

…A new report from the non-profit Acadia Center, entitled RGGI: A Model Program for the Power Sector, shows that putting a price on carbon through cap-and-trade is an effective way to decrease harmful greenhouse gas emissions while allowing the economy to grow. As states begin considering how to meet the CPP requirements, the report calls RGGI “a natural fit” for compliance.“RGGI’s successful track record has boosted confidence in market-based mechanisms and the federal Clean Power Plan is an additional boost,” said Peter Shattuck, director of Acadia Center’s Clean Energy Initiative…

Report Disputes Need for More Gas Pipelines

“Market rule changes that would avoid public pipeline subsidies appear to be bearing fruit,” Peter Shattuck, Massachusetts director at the Acadia Center, a nonprofit environmental group, said by e-mail. “[These changes] should be allowed to take full effect before signing customers up for an untested approach that transfers billions of private risk to the public [and] undermines climate commitments.”

Bowing to critics, Eversource revises plan for NH power line

…“It seemed like a pretty natural step for [Eversource] to at least bury [the line] in some of the more controversial areas, particularly with the competition,” said Peter Shattuck, director of the Massachusetts office of Acadia Center, an environmental advocacy group. “[But] we can get power through Northern New England with fewer impacts by avoiding above-ground power lines and towers.”…

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

…In separate filings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Acadia Center and others also challenged need to subsidize a natural gas pipeline that could cost utility customers in excess of $1 billion.Energy efficiency alone probably can’t displace the natural gas pipeline. But it’s clearly an important step in doing so.  With its tremendous push into efficiency, New England could be the proving ground for one of the resource’s biggest promises…

Solar Bills Heat Up at the Massachusetts Legislature

Efforts to Raise the Net Metering Cap Solar energy has been an important success story in Massachusetts over the last eight years. Three major programs have contributed to this success: retail rate net metering*, solar renewable energy certificates (SREC), and federal tax credits currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2016. Based on these policies, the Commonwealth became a national leader in solar energy, reaching Governor Patrick’s initial goal of installing 250 MW several years early. This prompted the Patrick Administration to embrace a new goal of 1,600 MW of solar capacity, which the Baker Administration endorsed in early
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Most RGGI States on Track to Meet Power Plan Targets

…Jordan Stutt, a policy analyst for the New England-based Acadia Center, agreed. “The RGGI states are well-positioned to comply with the Clean Power Plan, as EPA has designed the final rule in such a way that encourages the use of RGGI’s multi-state, mass-based trading model,” he told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail…

Get to Know Tyler Soleau: 10 Questions with Acadia Center’s Energy and Climate Outreach Director

Can you describe your job in one or two sentences? I’ll be working as a resource to diverse stakeholders and building awareness to support Acadia Center’s mission to advance a clean energy future. You came to Acadia Center from the Massachusetts House of Representatives where you served as Staff Director and Counsel for the House Committee on Climate Change. How do you think your experience there will help you with this new position? At the State House, I developed environmental legislation, advocated for clean energy policies, and interacted with a broad range of groups. Having experienced how successful policy gets
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Acadia Center’s July Newsletter

A look at Acadia Center’s work in July. This newsletter includes information about Acadia Center’s two new Value of Solar reports for Vermont and Rhode Island, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s forthcoming study of New England’s energy needs and a new report detailing the benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Acadia Center Welcomes Tyler Soleau as Energy and Climate Outreach Director

Boston, MA —Acadia Center is pleased to announce that Tyler Soleau has joined the organization as Energy and Climate Outreach Director. His focus is on raising awareness, network building and advancing Acadia Center’s clean energy program goals in Massachusetts and the Northeast. “We’re very excited to have Tyler on our team. His extensive experience in state government and energy and climate policy will contribute greatly to our work to advance a consumer-friendly, more local and clean energy system that will strengthen our communities and help bring together stakeholders and networks for broad-based support,” said Daniel L. Sosland, Acadia Center President.
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