In its proposal for local energy investment and infrastructure modernization, Acadia Center presents concepts for legislation to modernize Massachusetts' distribution system, promote local energy resources as alternatives to infrastructure, cap residential fixed charges, and improve incentives through time-of-use rates. Local Energy Investment and Infrastructure Modernization was proposed with support of a broad-based coalition as HD 1497 (Rep. Benson) -- SD 1371 (Sen. Pacheco): https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/SD1371.
Advances in energy technology and declining clean energy costs offer an historic opportunity to build a truly clean, low carbon, and consumer friendly energy future that is also more reliable and resilient. These changes are profound—and a large disconnect exists between how we currently see and interact with the energy system and what a low-emission future could look like. Acadia Center is preparing EnergyVision 2030 to help fill this information and “vision” gap by presenting a detailed picture of what the energy system would look like in 2030 on a pathway to a clean energy future in 2050. This picture will show audiences in New England and New York a changed but recognizable system and help make today’s policy and infrastructure decisions with much better context and thus comfort.
Electricity bills for residential customers in many states often combine a low fixed monthly charge with flat rates for electricity consumed and delivered charged on a per-kilowatt hour basis. Traditionally, this structure has worked for utilities by providing a simple mechanism to recover enough revenue to build, maintain, and operate the grid. This existing rate design for residential customers has many positive features, but is a blunt and inefficient instrument in many respects. Changes in electricity rate design can help address a number of different issues. In these comments, Acadia Center proposes a following five-point plan to achieve the above described objectives and principles for residential customers.
Electricity bills for residential customers in many states often combine a low fixed monthly charge with flat rates for electricity consumed and delivered charged on a per-kilowatt hour basis. Traditionally, this structure has worked for utilities by providing a simple mechanism to recover enough revenue to build, maintain, and operate the grid. This existing rate design for residential customers has many positive features, but is a blunt and inefficient instrument in many respects. Changes in electricity rate design can help address a number of different issues -- these comments address address two issues in particular and reforms that could facilitate a transition to more sustainable rate design.
This letter was sent to the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee by 21 diverse organizations. It calls on the committee to favorably report H.4282, An Act promoting electric vehicle adoption, out of the committee. The letter also recommends several amendments to the bill that would reflect language from the ZEV-related provisions that passed the Senate in S.2400, An Act to promote energy diversity, but were dropped during conference committee negotiations.
The tables in this report present details on a range of practices in the New England states that can be used to inform efforts in other jurisdictions. The report was prepared for the New York Clean Energy Advisory Council.
This letter was submitted by Acadia Center to the Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3). With greenhouse gas emissions increasing since 2012, Connecticut must act quickly to meet its mandatory 2020 emissions cap. Acadia Center proposes three short-term mitigation strategies that Connecticut could pursue almost immediately to reverse the current emissions trend: electrification of building heating and vehicles, increased solar PV deployment, and expanded energy efficiency.
In the current United Illuminating (UI) rate case, sixteen national and regional organizations urge Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to reduce the fixed charge, or monthly basic service charge, currently paid by residential customers of UI. The supporting organizations represent a diverse coalition, including consumer groups protecting low income and vulnerable ratepayers, solar, storage, and energy efficiency businesses, and public interest organizations fighting for cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Connecticut’s “Lead by Example” (LBE) energy efficiency program does not appear to be on track to reach its mandatory goal of a 20% reduction in energy use in state buildings by 2018. The General Assembly established the LBE program in 2011 to reduce costly energy waste in state buildings, lower the state’s significant operating expense for energy use, and make the state a model for energy efficiency and sustainability. This report finds that mandatory annual reporting for the LBE plan originally filed in 2012 has not been submitted by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), as required by law. This apparent failure to report severely hampers any attempt to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the LBE program’s performance.
Since the initial development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), participating states have been climate leaders time and time again. Building on this legacy, RGGI states must now determine the program’s next chapter. As the 2016 RGGI Program Review commences, this report describes the reforms RGGI states should make to achieve both state and federal climate requirements while continuing to generate benefits for the region.