Green Bank Idea Draws Some Concern

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Green Bank idea could complement existing Rhode Island renewable-energy and energy-efficiency programs, or it could lead to their demise.

Goals for a Clean Energy Future -Massachusetts Legislative Agenda for 2015

A new Massachusetts Legislature is in session. Acadia Center is ready and focused on a slate of policy initiatives developed to propel the state’s transition to a broadly electrified energy system that is low-carbon, efficient, and consumer-friendly. Massachusetts has made great strides to embrace an energy future that offers lower costs, greater consumer control and significant progress toward state and regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. Now it is time to pick up the pace.  With advocacy action, stakeholder collaboration and in-depth economic and emissions analysis, Acadia Center is working to ensure success of these proposals, adopt forward-looking policies,
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Support Efficiency Investments for a Clean Affordable Energy Economy

Stephen Beale’s January 15th article in GoLocalProv, “Electric Rate Hike Means Millions More in RI Tax Revenue,” states that Rhode Island’s energy efficiency programs make our electric bills more expensive. This is misleading at best. In fact, far from being any sort of “extra,” the Energy Efficiency Program Charge is the only portion of the bill that helps save us money. RI is a proven leader in energy policy and efficiency investments; this is good news for Rhode Islanders.

Gas Price Spikes Likely through 2019 Study Says

…Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast), while supportive of the effort to explore alternatives, believes the study is incomplete. The group said it could be misinterpreted as support for a new subsidy that would shift multi-billion dollar risks from private corporations to the public…

New Appointees to DPU Will Face Key Decisions for MA’s Energy Future

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton today announced Robert Hayden will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), Angela O’Connor will serve as Chair of the DPU, and Ronald Gerwatowski will serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy. “These appointments are coming at a critical time in the Commonwealth’s approach to energy policy,” said Daniel L. Sosland, Acadia Center President. “With major changes in technology making clean energy and energy efficiency more affordable, and big questions on the horizon about how we will plan and use energy resources, the DPU and energy administrative leadership will
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Environmental group calls for further study of need for natural gas expansion

A New England environmental group with offices in Hartford is calling for further study of the need for additional natural gas transmission capacity in the region after the release of 118-page consultant’s report prepared for the state of Massachusetts. Officials with the Acadia Center say the report released Thursday by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics fails to address why New England ratepayers and not private sector energy companies should pay for any expansion of capacity.

A warning on natural gas

Just minutes before Charlie Baker became governor, the Patrick administration released a $250,000 study suggesting winter electricity prices are likely to remain very high for the next four years and additional natural gas pipeline capacity is needed to address the problem. […] Peter Shattuck, Massachusetts director for the Acadia Center, which advocates for clean energy, said it might not make sense to require customers across New England to pay for new pipeline capacity that may only be needed for about three years under the report’s most optimistic demand scenario. He said the report also failed to consider what might happen
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State-funded report recommends big increase in gas pipeline capacity

A report commissioned by the Patrick administration and released Thursday, less than an hour before Charlie Baker’s inauguration as governor, shows the need for a significant increase in natural gas capacity to help fuel local power plants on cold days.Peter Shattuck, clean energy initiative director at the nonprofit Acadia Center, said the report did not consider the recent worldwide plunge in oil prices or fully assess other energy projects that could eventually come online. […] “It’s important for the governors . . . to look at all the alternatives before they make a significant gamble on gas,” he said. “I don’t think
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Reducing New England’s Overreliance on Natural Gas: Massachusetts Study a First Step toward an Integrated Regional Alternatives Plan

Boston, MA – On January 8, 2015 Massachusetts released a “Low Demand Analysis” evaluating means to reduce overreliance on natural gas through investments in clean energy. The analysis found that prioritizing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and imports of Canadian hydroelectricity would reduce Massachusetts’s exposure to wintertime price spikes that result from our growing dependence on natural gas for heating and electricity generation. However, constraints placed on the study limit its applicability to current energy challenges facing New England; this initial analysis should not be interpreted to support a new subsidy that would shift multi-billion dollar risks from private corporations to
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