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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    Distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar photovoltaic (solar PV) systems provide unique value to the electric grid. In addition to avoided energy costs, behind-the-meter solar PV helps offset other costs associated with the electric grid and, ultimately, all ratepayers’ electricity bills. the results of Acadia Center’s assessment of the value of a solar PV system installed near Hartford, CT (assuming a marginal unit). The methodology is available for download here also.

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    Testimony to CT Energy & Technology Committee 031715

    Supporting:
    HB 7009 AAC Electric and Zero-Emission Vehicles
    HB 6838 AAC Encouragement of Local Economic Development and Access to Residential Renewable Energy
    SB 928 AAC Shared Clean Energy Facilities

    Opposing:
    SB 1078 AAC Affordable and Reliable Energy

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    Analysis of ME Triennial Plan II Draft and All Cost-Effective Efficiency Investments

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