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.

  • ENE_1440_Initiative_Thumb_grid

    Grid Modernization

    The energy system in the United States is undergoing an unprecedented transition as disruptive, consumer-centric technologies upend the historic model of simply supplying energy to passive consumers. Utilities face expectations to accommodate and promote distributed solar, efficiency, smart energy management, and energy storage, even as these technologies challenge utilities’ revenue structures. Acadia Center is following this transition closely in the Northeast and commenting on what the utilities are doing to modernize the grid.

  • Cover- Optimizing Energy Procurement 121815

    Optimizing Energy Procurement

    Clean energy imports can help achieve greenhouse gas reduction requirements and diversify Massachusetts’ energy portfolio, and in order to maximize benefits, reduce total ratepayer costs, and address incentives that could lead to excess transmission costs, onshore wind should be included in any hydroelectric procurement.

  • Community EnergyVision Illustration Screenshot

    Community|EnergyVision

    Community|EnergyVision is a comprehensive framework that outlines a pathway for communities to take control of the energy system and modernize the way it is planned and managed. The illustrated publication details the full range of relevant issues surrounding Community Energy and provides examples of successful Community Energy systems emerging in the U.S. and abroad.

  • View all related resources