Twenty three business, environmental, consumer, public health, agricultural, and academic organizations wrote to encourage Governor Malloy to show bold leadership by utilizing the effective Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to put Connecticut on a path to achieving the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (Public Act 08-98) requirements, both by strengthening the existing program and by pursuing steps to add the transportation sector to RGGI.
Connecticut's General Assembly has proposed taking $20 million of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) revenue away from clean energy investments. Acadia Center looked into what that would mean for the state and found, among other things, that it would cost consumers approximately $60 million.
National Grid is proposing significant distribution rate increases and two major changes to rate design in Massachusetts that would
seriously impact residential ratepayers, small businesses, and a significant category of solar projects. Acadia Center's Mark LeBel gives a summary and review of these prospective changes.
A letter a bipartisan group of 100 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives sent to the three House members that have been appointed to the Conference Committee on solar with the Massachusetts Senate. The letter, whose signers include 19 committee chairs as well as several other members in leadership positions, calls for the Conference Committee to report a bill that: maintains a strong net metering policy and projects that benefit low-income ratepayers and affordable housing, grandfathers existing systems, reduces costs through reforms to the solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program, and raises the net metering caps.
The historic model for New England's grid is breaking down as climate takes center stage, and as solar, wind, and smarter energy management upend the energy market. Acadia Center comments on this trend in a three-part opinion series for CommonWealth Magazine. Part I of the series focuses on controversial proposals to subsidize large natural gas pipelines through the region. Part II explores how rooftop solar and smart energy management are transforming the energy system and upending the centralized utility model. Part III describes the near-term legislative opportunity to bring online large-scale clean energy sources that will facilitate achievement of Massachusetts’ climate commitments, stabilize prices, and continue the transition to a clean energy system.
The energy system in the United States is undergoing an unprecedented transition as disruptive, consumer-centric technologies upend the historic model of simply supplying energy to passive consumers. Utilities face expectations to accommodate and promote distributed solar, efficiency, smart energy management, and energy storage, even as these technologies challenge utilities’ revenue structures. Acadia Center is following this transition closely in the Northeast and commenting on what the utilities are doing to modernize the grid.
Clean energy imports can help achieve greenhouse gas reduction requirements and diversify Massachusetts’ energy portfolio, and in order to maximize benefits, reduce total ratepayer costs, and address incentives that could lead to excess transmission costs, onshore wind should be included in any hydroelectric procurement.
Community|EnergyVision is a comprehensive framework that outlines a pathway for communities to take control of the energy system and modernize the way it is planned and managed. The illustrated publication details the full range of relevant issues surrounding Community Energy and provides examples of successful Community Energy systems emerging in the U.S. and abroad.
Acadia Center submitted these comments to the New York State Public Service Commission pursuant to the Notice Inviting Public Comment on Distributed System Implementation Plan Guidance (“DSIP Guidance”) issued on October 15, 2015 in the Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) proceeding.
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.