The undersigned organizations and businesses commend you for endeavoring to take a regional approach to meeting New England’s energy needs. Such regional coordination holds potential for promoting solutions that are aligned with the region’s economic and environmental objectives. We appreciate that the Governors’ Energy Infrastructure Initiative recognizes that our increasing dependence on natural gas for both heating and power generation exposes the region to price volatility and episodic natural gas deliverability issues during cold snaps. However, we are concerned that proposed solutions to our over-reliance on natural gas do not fully evaluate the array of energy resources that can reduce natural gas dependence while furthering environmental, competitive market, and consumer protection goals.

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    Connecticut is debating whether to allow the direct sales of electric vehicles (EVs) by manufacturers, but concerns have been raised about potential impacts to employment at existing car dealerships. Acadia Center examined auto dealer employment statistics for nearby states that allow direct sales, and the results indicate that there has been no negative impact on this industry’s job levels or trends.

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    Clean energy technologies offer an historic opportunity to build an energy future that produces large consumer, economic, and climate benefits. EnergyVision 2030 shows how, by redoubling existing efforts in four key areas, New York and the six New England states can accelerate this transition and achieve a modern, low-emissions energy future. Read and download the Overview Summary, Companion Briefs, and Technical Appendix below.

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