Acadia Center is a non-profit, research and advocacy organization committed to advancing the clean energy future. Acadia Center is at the forefront of efforts to build clean, low carbon and consumer friendly economies. Acadia Center’s approach is characterized by reliable information, comprehensive advocacy and problem solving through innovation and collaboration.

Acadia Center is the new name of Environment Northeast (ENE). Although the  name and logo have changed, the staff, programs and commitment to results continues unchanged. Over the past 15 years, Environment Northeast (ENE) has built a successful track record of providing solutions to advance state and regional efforts to promote effective clean energy and climate policy. The new Acadia Center brand more accurately reflects the organization’s geographic scope and evolving approach.


Acadia Center envisions a clean energy, low carbon economy focused on using advances in clean technology—not fossil fuels—to heat buildings and power cars and generate power. The clean energy future will empower consumers, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve economic productivity and the livability of our communities. Acadia Center is pursuing reforms in four key sectors that will work simultaneously to drive this profound and much-needed transformation:

  • Use low- or no-carbon electricity to heat and cool new buildings and power our vehicles
  • Clean up our energy supply by advancing renewable energy
  • Reform outdated utility regulations and financial rules so that the regional power grid embraces renewable energy and new energy technologies installed at our home and businesses
  • Maximize investments in energy efficiency — the lowest cost and cleanest fuel available

For more on our framework see EnergyVision.

Acadia Center is working to build this system now. States and regional systems urgently need myriad energy policy changes. Regulatory barriers that limit new technology must be removed. Long-term infrastructure investment decisions being made today will lock in consumer costs and options for decades to come. Acadia Center is advancing policies that will facilitate new, clean technologies and protect customers and grow the economy.


To achieve the vision, Acadia Center is leading immediate action and is committed to long-term engagement. That includes everything from concept design to rule-making to implementation and monitoring progress. Acadia Center devises solutions and stays with the effort until results are achieved.

Policies based on credible evidence and analysis win consensus and have real impact. Results should be measurable and the information should be available to all stakeholders. Acadia’s CLEAN Center has the capacity to test solutions to shape advocacy and evaluate performance.

The best solutions take into account the interests and needs of all stakeholders. Acadia Center reaches out to all players, including nontraditional alliances with business, industry and consumer groups. The goal is policy that functions well, facilitates innovation, empowers consumers and grows the economy.