How Will Future Energy Needs Be Met, Now That Kinder Morgan Pipeline Has Gone Belly Up?

…To that end the administration has proposed a new way to fund pipelines. It would place a line on customers’ electric bills to pay for them. On May 5 the State Supreme Judicial Court will decide if that method is legal. Peter Shattuck of the environmental group the Acadia Center says if we fund projects that way, it essentially puts the risk on the public.“Risks including that projects run over their multi-billion dollar initial estimates; risk that pipelines serve export markets and actually drive our prices up, and risk that growing climate concerns and cheaper renewables will leave us with
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Reggie Reform: Will Connecticut lead the way?

…”Governor Malloy has made strong commitments to address the threats of climate change,” said Daniel Sosland, Acadia Center president. “Strengthening, extending, and expanding RGGI is a clear way to follow through on climate commitments.” The Malloy Administration is facing cuts to RGGI’s clean energy funding. The letter cites some of the benefits that RGGI has provided to-date: $245 million in value added to Connecticut’s economy, more than 2,200 job-years of employment, GHG reductions of 35 percent, and $13 million in avoided health impacts…

New Coalition of Nonprofit, Business and Consumer Groups Launch Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES)

Leading Regional Organizations Combine Forces to Support Long-Term Policies that Will Create Clean, Affordable and Reliable Energy Boston, MA – April 26, 2016. Nearly 20 environmental, clean energy industry, business, consumer, and health groups announced the creation of a coalition named the Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES acesma.org). The alliance consists of a wide variety of organizations seeking to ensure that Massachusetts enacts long-term policies that will drive clean, affordable & reliable energy. “The Alliance shows the diverse support for new clean energy policies from the environmental, clean energy and business communities,” said Acadia Center’s Massachusetts Director Peter Shattuck,
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Connecticut Leadership Needed in Regional Climate Program

In a letter sent today to Governor Malloy and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, environmental, business, consumer, and public health organizations call for strengthening and expansion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which Connecticut is currently chairing through a Program Review. The letter notes that RGGI provides an effective and existing mechanism to meet the state’s statutory greenhouse gas (GHG) targets and follow through on the state’s recent commitments to climate leadership. “Governor Malloy has made strong commitments to address the threats of climate change,” said Daniel Sosland, Acadia Center President. “Strengthening, extending, and expanding RGGI is
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The Promise of Energy Storage: Making the Grid Operate Like Our Food System

To understand the transformative potential of energy storage in helping achieve a clean and efficient power grid, it helps to conduct a thought experiment: imagining if our food system worked like our power grid. Instead of warehousing surpluses from our farms and keeping refrigerators and pantries stocked with what we need at home, a massively overbuilt food delivery system would be needed to provide the exact amount of food needed to serve every human being, at every single moment of every day. Illogical as it seems, that is how our electric grid functions, requiring electricity generation to match fluctuating demand
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New York Grid Modernization Reforms Present Utilities with New Earnings Opportunities

New York State is in the midst of radically reforming its utility regulatory landscape— and eventually markets—to accelerate the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into the grid. DERs, like solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy efficiency, create opportunities for customers to manage their energy usage, improve power quality and resiliency, and help meet state clean energy and environmental goals. The radical reform all started in 2014 with the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, which “aims to reorient both the electric industry and the ratemaking paradigm toward a consumer-centered approach that harnesses technology and markets.” The Public Service Commission tasked
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Officials: Raiding carbon funds will increase power costs

… In a statement, the Acadia Center called the proposed raid shortsighted. “The raid would disadvantage consumers, increase pollution, undermine the state’s leadership on climate, and further erode confidence in the predictability of policy making,” said Jamie Howland, director of Acadia’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center.”It puts at risk Connecticut’s hard-earned credibility as a founding participant in the nation’s first carbon emissions trading program…”

Budget Raid Would Squander $60 Million in Energy Benefits & Undermine Climate Leadership

Budget proposals from the Connecticut legislature would slash $20m in funding from Connecticut’s clean energy programs, costing the state and consumers approximately $60 million in benefits from energy savings programs. Raiding clean energy and climate programs would threaten Connecticut’s progress to date addressing climate pollution, and undermine the state’s standing with partners in multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). “We are deeply troubled by this shortsighted proposal,” said Jamie Howland, Direct of Acadia Center’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center. “The raid would disadvantage consumers, increase pollution, undermine the state’s leadership on climate, and further erode confidence in the predictability of
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What If We All Drove Electric Vehicles?

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are frequently discussed as an exciting new technology that will be able to dramatically lower transportation emissions in the region, while lowering costs to consumers. As battery costs continue to decline and technology improves, this promise looks closer than ever. The widespread adoption of EVs has another potential game-changing benefit – it could radically change the way we operate our electric system for the better. The electric grid is built to ensure that the lights stay on during the times when electric usage is at its highest – generally summer afternoons during heat waves in this region.
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What Massachusetts can learn from New York’s solar experience*

Over the past several years, Massachusetts has been able to deploy more than 1000 megawatts of solar capacity. This remarkable success is due to an interrelated set of policies that made solar an attractive investment for customers and a viable business opportunity for developers to invest and hire in the Commonwealth. These policies are now under the microscope on Beacon Hill as lawmakers seek to develop a balanced approach that promotes continuing solar development while accounting for declining technology costs and reduced need for bonus incentives… *Written by Acadia Center’s Peter Shattuck and Mark LeBel