During five plus years of operations, RGGI has helped Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States achieve significant reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other dangerous pollutants from the electric power sector. At the same time the program has generated significant economic benefits in the region.

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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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