New Hampshire Has the Opportunity to Improve Low Energy Efficiency Ranking

Expanding energy efficiency for electric and natural gas customers will deliver multiple benefits to New Hampshire. For customers, efficiency investments lower utility bills now and in the future, improve comfort, health and safety, and provide them with more control and understanding of their energy use. For the electric grid, efficiency increases reliability and decreases outages, and delays or avoids the need to spend significant funds on new capacity. For the local economy, these investments create local jobs, give businesses a competitive edge, and lower energy prices for all. And for the environment, efficiency reduces air pollution, water use and greenhouse
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Acadia Center’s November/December Newsletter

A look at Acadia Center’s work in November and December. This newsletter highlights the release of our new report Community|EnergyVision, staff participation in our Giving Tuesday Campaign, and a report from the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office stating that new publicly-funded natural gas pipelines are unnecessary.

Electric Cars Await Jump-start in New Jersey

…There are about 2,500 electric vehicles in New Jersey among the 5.7 million registered vehicles in the state. New Jersey trails New York, which has 12,000, Massachusetts, with 5,500, Maryland, with 5,000 and Connecticut, 3,000, according to a study by the environmental advocacy groups Conservation Law Foundation, the Sierra Club and Acadia Center…

RI Public Utilities Commission Votes to Eliminate Energy Waste in 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI – On December 16, 2015 the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the 2016 Energy Efficiency Plan for Rhode Island in order to help save consumers money on their utility bills and boost Rhode Island’s economy. This plan was developed collaboratively by key stakeholders representing a wide range of consumer interests, including the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, the Office of Energy Resources, the Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, Acadia Center, People’s Power and Light, and Green and Healthy Homes. In 2006, Rhode Island adopted the strategic and economic approach of investing in low cost
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Remaking Connecticut’s Energy System to Embrace Community Energy

As we head into another winter that could once again hit Connecticut residents and communities with high energy costs, the urgency to remake our energy system only increases. With emerging technologies and approaches, a new and better system is possible. To become a reality, though, this better energy system will need to empower communities with innovative, on-the-ground energy solutions. So, how do we make sure that the current clean energy revolution puts Connecticut’s communities at its center? Acadia Center’s event next Wednesday, December 16th, “Remaking Connecticut’s Energy System to Embrace Community Energy” will explore that question. The gathering will feature
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RGGI Prices Rise as Emissions Continue to Fall

Results released today from RGGI’s 30th auction evidence the program’s continuing success, while also highlighting reforms needed to maximize environmental performance. All available allowances were sold at a clearing price of $7.50, 24% higher than the previous auction, and 44% higher than the clearing price from one year ago. The RGGI states raised $436 million dollars from the four auctions in 2015, and have now raised $2.37 billion for reinvestment since the program began, the majority of which has been used to fund energy efficiency and other consumer benefit programs. RGGI has been a successful model for reducing power sector
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Home Business Electric Supplies Adequate for Winter, but Natural Gas Infrastructure Could Pose Challenge to Reliable Operation, ISO-NE Says

…Peter Shattuck, Massachusetts director for Acadia Center, a Boston-based group that promotes clean energy efforts, said given what power usage data is showing around the region, it would be foolhardy to undertake a full-scale expansion of natural gas transmission pipelines. “There could be benefits to building natural gas pipelines, but there could be cheaper, quicker alternatives,” Shattuck said. “Demand is coming down and we’re seeing power plants install backup generation capability. We should be taking a few years to find out what is the lowest risk, most affordable solution…”

Massachusetts Would Set Highest Energy Savings Goals in the Nation with 2016-2018 Energy Efficiency Plan

Boston, MA– Massachusetts’ utilities have proposed the nation’s most ambitious energy efficiency programs, which will produce almost $8 billion in benefits over the next three years. The next chapter of the award-winning MassSave energy efficiency programs is now in the hands of the Department of Public Utilities, with a decision on the final proposed 2016-2018 Energy Efficiency Investment Plans expected by the end of January. Public comment on the plans is being heard today, November 30, 2015, beginning at 2 PM at the DPU’s offices at One South Station, 5th Floor. The proposed plan features goals and strategies for saving
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We Are Not Facing an Energy Crisis, Here Are Four Reasons Why

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office recently released a study showing that energy efficiency and demand response are more cost-effective than publicly-funded pipelines in meeting the region’s energy needs, and that renewable energy will help us achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals. Four key facts support the study’s findings: Electricity prices have declined without new pipelines: Massachusetts’ electricity prices are declining due to improved planning and market reforms. Specifically, Eversource’s winter rate is 27% lower than last year’s rate, and National Grid’s rate is almost 25% lower than last year. These lower prices are due in part to market reforms, implemented by
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AG report draws reactions along pipeline issue lines

The study shows that publicly funded natural gas pipelines in New England are unnecessary, said the Boston-based Acadia Center, one of more than a dozen energy, environmental and consumer groups that served as advisers. “This study is matched by facts on the ground,” said Peter Shattuck, Acadia’s Massachusetts director. “Common sense market reforms, improvements in energy efficiency, and new clean energy supplies coming online are already addressing winter price volatility, making it clear that massive outlays for subsidized gas pipelines are an unnecessary risk for Massachusetts citizens to bear.”