Envisioning a clear pathway towards meeting long term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets of 80% by 2050 has been a difficult and elusive task.  Yet, an exciting convergence of technology advances and success in reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation points towards viable solutions that can be implemented now to be on the right path.  It may seem counterintuitive, but the key is to rely more on decarbonized electricity to power transportation and buildings. Consider this hypothetical: if all gasoline powered cars on the road and all buildings heating with fossil fuels immediately switched to modern electric technologies like electric vehicles and high efficiency cold weather heat pumps, GHG emissions from these sources in the Northeast would be cut in half.  With further efforts to transition electricity generation to renewable resources, emissions would continue to fall.  Dramatic changes to our power grid, more decentralized and community energy approaches and redoubled efforts to maximize energy efficiency are needed to make this vision real.

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    Next Generation Solar Framework

    Across the United States, a debate is underway about the proper way to design electricity rates in order to provide fair compensation for local solar generation. Acadia Center’s analysis shows that the value of solar energy to electric ratepayers is actually greater than the compensation provided to solar generation through retail rate net metering, the currently predominant method of compensation through rates. However, as the amount of local solar grows over time, reforms to solar compensation methods will be needed. To foster a fairer and more effective way to incorporate local solar into the electric system, Acadia Center developed a forward-looking and broadly applicable solar compensation model, the Next Generation Solar Framework. This solar framework can be further adapted to other forms of local generation as well.

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    Joint Comments on Massachusetts’ Utilities Gas Procurement

    Joint letter by Acadia Center and clean energy developers calling for fair consideration of alternatives to natural gas in meeting the region’s electricity needs. The letter is written in response to a Request for Proposals by Eversource and National Grid seeking bids only from providers of liquefied natural gas, regional gas storage, and pipeline expansion projects. Eversource and National Grid are participants in at least one project that could qualify for contracts; the pipeline expansion and storage project Access Northeast. The letter calls for redrafting of the RFP to allow for participation of lower cost and lower risk clean energy options to meet the region’s clean energy needs.

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    Acadia Center Testimony in Support of Carbon Pricing Bills S.1747, S.1786 and S.1748

    Acadia Center testimony supporting bills S.1747 and S.1786 as key proposals to decarbonize the Massachusetts economy and address the threat of climate change. Additionally, the testimony supports S.1748 to establish statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for 2030.

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