New York is undertaking one of the most comprehensive reforms of an energy system now underway in the country, recognizing that by modernizing financial regulations and supporting new energy technologies a new direction in energy systems can provide consumer and economic benefits on the path to a low carbon system. Acadia Center is working to advance reforms and apply best practices in five areas:
- Increase energy efficiency resources to optimize the energy system, lower costs, and provide consumer savings
- Expand investments in solar and renewable resources by properly valuing clean energy
- Apply consumer and economic regulatory reforms so that the rates consumers pay are fair and provide a level playing field for clean energy
- Fill information gaps in energy planning and conducting outreach and community network building with partner groups through our Community|EnergyVision framework and power grid modelling
- Promote coordination of the NY grid with clean energy resources and neighboring power grids and with grids in New England and Canada
Acadia Center is undertaking an ambitious mapping exercise that will show how viable, affordable clean energy resources could look in 2030 in a vastly improved, community oriented energy system in New York.
The shift to a decentralized, community oriented energy system that integrates significant market penetration of small scale, local energy resources like roof top solar, combined with a shift in large generation to wind and hydropower, is necessary if New York and other states are going to succeed in building a more consumer friendly system that dramatically reduces carbon emissions. While the policy approach is being discussed and hammered out to achieve that future, many remain unsure about how such a vastly changed system would look, cost, and operate to maintain reliable power. The “vision” gap between familiarity with the current system and how an effectively reformed modern system with new technologies would look is large. Acadia Center is undertaking an analytic mapping exercise to help fill that “vision” gap and provide a clear, credible picture of how the system could look in 2030. EnergyVision 2030 will quantify the addition of locally based technologies — solar, targeted energy efficiency, high efficient heat pumps, and electric vehicles — on a grid that is transitioned to rely on increased deployment of wind and hydropower, away from fossil fuels. EnergyVision 2030 will incorporate electrification of vehicles and building heating — two key sectors where reductions in carbon emissions depend upon shifting from fossil fuels to low- and no-carbon electricity.