Across the United States, a debate is underway about the proper way to design electricity rates in order to provide fair compensation for local solar generation. Acadia Center’s analysis shows that the value of solar energy to electric ratepayers is actually greater than the compensation provided to solar generation through retail rate net metering, the currently predominant method of compensation through rates. However, as the amount of local solar grows over time, reforms to solar compensation methods will be needed. To foster a fairer and more effective way to incorporate local solar into the electric system, Acadia Center developed a forward-looking and broadly applicable solar compensation model, the Next Generation Solar Framework. This solar framework can be further adapted to other forms of local generation as well.
Joint letter by Acadia Center and clean energy developers calling for fair consideration of alternatives to natural gas in meeting the region’s electricity needs. The letter is written in response to a Request for Proposals by Eversource and National Grid seeking bids only from providers of liquefied natural gas, regional gas storage, and pipeline expansion projects. Eversource and National Grid are participants in at least one project that could qualify for contracts; the pipeline expansion and storage project Access Northeast. The letter calls for redrafting of the RFP to allow for participation of lower cost and lower risk clean energy options to meet the region’s clean energy needs.
Acadia Center testimony supporting bills S.1747 and S.1786 as key proposals to decarbonize the Massachusetts economy and address the threat of climate change. Additionally, the testimony supports S.1748 to establish statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for 2030.
A report from Acadia Center, Conservation Law Foundation, and Sierra Club highlighting the programs and policies that some Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states already have in place to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the region while at the same time emphasizing that to meaningfully lower air pollution much more is needed in each state in the near-term. This report makes clear that we need an all-hands-on-deck effort from government, utilities, automakers, and autodealers, and it lays out a full range of priority actions and policies to accelerate EV adoption.
Acadia Center’s coal-to-clean energy concept for Brayton Point describes how large scale energy storage and combined heat and power (CHP) can revitalize existing energy infrastructure to integrate offshore wind, optimize the operation of the power grid, and drive diversified economic development in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of six marginal solar PV systems in New Hampshire 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 19-24 cents/kWh, with additional societal values of approximately 7 cents/kWh.
A report detailing what's next for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) with the new federal requirements under EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) and existing state requirements.
Acadia Center’s recommendations for how CT DEEP can evaluate and select from energy sources – both demand and supply-side – that will likely be bid into its upcoming winter peak reliability procurement under Public Act 15-107. Includes original analysis and visualizations of energy efficiency issues, improved energy and peak demand forecasting, and greenhouse gas emissions impacts.
The Global Warming Solution Project's (GWSP) joint testimony on An Act relative to Clean Energy Resources (S.1757), An Act Relative to Promoting Energy Diversity (H.2881), An Act Relative to Energy Sector Compliance with the Global Warming Solutions Act (S.1965), and An Act Relative to a Long-Term, Sustainable Solar Industry (H.3724) which was presented to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on September 29, 2015.
Slides explaining the benefits of robust stakeholder engagement in energy efficiency planning and the main roles and responsibilities of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB).