Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of good state and regional energy policy. Investments in efficient equipment like lighting, appliances, and industrial motors reduce consumer energy bills and also reduce the need for expensive energy infrastructure like transmission lines and power plants. Acadia Center works to ensure that programs are effective, well-funded and reach a wide spectrum of customers with the deepest possible energy and cost savings for each participant.

Efficiency investments in leading states have deferred the need for nearly half a billion dollars in new energy infrastructure projects, produced $19.5 billion in economic benefits, cut electric use by 124,000 GWh, and avoided 51.3 million metric tons of CO2 pollution. Acadia Center’s macroeconomic studies show that efficiency investments create jobs, keep energy dollars at home, and help to grow local economies.

The challenge is to build from this strong foundation to reach for even greater savings and aid the transformation to a cleaner electric grid. These goals can be achieved by maximizing efficiency investments that are available and cost effective and focusing on ways efficiency can minimize infrastructure investments and integrate renewables. Acadia Center helped create the policies that have led states to top-in-the-nation investments in energy efficiency. Acadia Center pioneered the stakeholder council model as a means of ensuring consistent implementation, evaluation and diverse representation in the energy efficiency procurement process. Staff members currently hold appointed seats on these councils in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Acadia Center works with businesses, utilities, regulators and others to make sure that programs meet their goals and reach all customers.

  • Eversource Rate Case in MA: Issues and Solutions

    Within its rate case (D.P.U. 17-05), Eversource proposes significant revenue increases, new rate structures, and an array of investments. Based on preliminary review, several of Eversource’s key proposals appear inconsistent with reforms needed to advance a clean energy future, but others are likely beneficial. The proposals reviewed by Acadia Center can be grouped into three categories: (1) revenue and shareholder returns, (2) grid modernization investments, and (3) rate design. Download the full review of proposals or a two-page summary below.

  • Incentives for Change: Why Utilities Continue to Build and How Regulators Can Motivate Them to Modernize

    Outdated utility financial incentives are inhibiting the transition to a clean energy future, increasing consumer costs, and stifling new technologies. Yet, this state of affairs is hardwired into the regulatory system. In this handout, Acadia Center analysis demonstrates how this imbalance plays out in scenarios from around the Northeast. Easy-to-read infographics show what compels utilities to continue building traditional infrastructure and why incentives must be reformed to align utility, consumer, and environmental interests.

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    A coalition including Acadia Center identifies key priorities that it supports for allocating Connecticut’s share of the VW Mitigation Trust Funds. These comments were submitted to Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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