The Connecticut Climate Change Roadmap was the first of its kind—mapping and measuring the impact of policies across multiple sectors, with the goal of significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Acadia Center pioneered an energy efficiency stakeholder council model in Connecticut that is now in place in several states and recognized nationally as a model, with those states reaching the highest levels of cost-effective efficiency investment in the U.S. The stakeholder council represents an innovative approach that brings all interested parties to the table and institutionalizes a commitment to cleaner, more affordable energy resources.
Priorities in Connecticut include increasing investments in energy efficiency and other local clean resources, improving low-carbon transportation options, and meeting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Recent Acadia Center achievements include a near doubling of energy efficiency investment, improved electricity rate design to better support efficiency and distributed solar PV, higher energy savings targets in the current three-year efficiency plan, and new policy reforms to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
Connecticut’s last five years of efficiency investments will save its residents and businesses over $3.8 billion on their energy bills.
Acadia Center remains a leading voice in CT for more progress on efficiency through its position as an appointed member of the state’s Energy Efficiency Board and through its active participation in all major regulatory dockets, such as recent rate cases for the state’s utilities, Eversource and United Illuminating.
Acadia Center also continues to lead through its analytical work in CT. New research resources like the first value-of-solar study in CT and a recent update on CT’s greenhouse gas emissions trends and drivers received strong interest from policymakers and the media.