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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    Winter Impacts of Energy Efficiency in New England

    These savings provide significant benefit during periods of peak demand, such as the winter of 2014. In this analysis the effects of electric efficiency are estimated by comparing actual demand and prices during January-March 2014 (defined as winter 2014 in this report) with a scenario where demonstrated savings from electric efficiency programs are assumed not to exist. The resulting higher level of demand is then used to project what wholesale electricity prices and costs would be without energy efficiency.

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    Value of Distributed Generation -Solar PV in MA

    Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of six marginal solar PV systems to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid. By evaluating an array of configurations, this analysis determines that the value of solar to the grid – and ratepayers connected to the grid – ranges from 22-28 cents/kWh, with additional societal values of 6.7 cents/kWh.

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    Virginia & RGGI Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

    Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) would allow Virginia to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) using a flexible, administratively straightforward approach that benefits consumers and provides funding for complementary programs. EPA has enabled approaches like RGGI by setting mass-based targets for states to achieve individually or in partnership with other states.

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