Weatherization: Where We Are Now and Where We Could Be

It has become conventional wisdom that our region’s existing building stock needs to be weatherized in order to meet our climate goals and put us on a path to a sustainable future. The energy consumed in the region’s homes, largely from imported fossil fuels, accounts for 21% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing those emissions is a key component of any climate change mitigation strategy. But what does weatherization really mean, and how can we get there? Weatherization generally refers to improvements in a home’s shell, or envelope, that separates the indoors from the outdoors. The main tools for weatherizing
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Incentives Target Solar Projects

A new study this month suggests solar energy in Rhode Island is saving electricity ratepayers money. Solar companies think there are more savings and business to be had — especially on the commercial side — with the rollout of a new state incentive program that could pump an estimated 160 megawatts into the grid over the next five years. The study, conducted by the nonprofit Acadia Center, looked at six solar-energy systems in Rhode Island and estimated solar power in the grid saves ratepayers between 19 and 25 cents per kilowatt hour, largely because it produces an alternative energy resource during
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Energy Efficiency Winning Out in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island General Assembly has demonstrated its long-standing commitment to reducing the state’s energy costs through smart and economic investments in low-cost energy efficiency. This spring, the legislature approved a 5- year extension of Least Cost Procurement (LCP), the state’s policy of investing in as much low-cost energy efficiency as possible, and created the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, a new clean energy financing tool. Least Cost Procurement, first implemented 8 years ago, is largely responsible for Rhode Island’s tie with Massachusetts for #1 state in the country for utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policies in the American Council for
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What is the Value of Solar Power in Rhode Island? A New Study

A new study released this week by Acadia Center quantifies the grid and societal benefits of solar photovoltaic systems (solar PV) in Rhode Island. Establishing the value of distributed resources like rooftop solar is increasingly important as states explore ways to meet energy needs and deploy clean energy resources. Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of six solar PV systems to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides in Rhode Island. The analysis determined that the value of solar to the grid – and ratepayers connected to the grid – ranges from 19-25 cents/kWh. These values
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Acadia Center’s June Newsletter

A look at Acadia Center’s work in June. This newsletter includes information about our events in Providence and Boston, our 2014 annual report, and our work seeking alternatives to expanding natural gas infrastructure.

Acadia Center Releases Study Showing Value of Solar in R.I.

The Acadia Center has released a study showing the value of solar projects in Rhode Island. Acadia Center said it assessed the grid and “societal value” of six solar photovoltaic systems to understand the value that they provide to the grid. It found that the value of solar to the grid – and ratepayers connected to the grid – ranges from savings of 19 to 25 cents per kilowatt hour, with additional societal values of 7 cents per kilowatt hour.

New Study Shows Value of Solar in Rhode Island

Acadia Center today released a study that quantifies the grid and societal benefits of solar photovoltaic systems (solar PV) in Rhode Island. Establishing the value of distributed resources is increasingly important as states explore ways to meet energy needs and deploy clean energy resources. Acadia Center has also released Value of Solar studies for Massachusetts and Connecticut, and Maine’s Public Utilities Commission recently completed a similar type of analysis to inform decision making processes in that state. Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of six solar PV systems to better understand the overall value that solar PV provides
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AG’s Office to Study New England’s Energy Needs

…“This important step by Attorney General Maura Healey reflects the changing nature of our energy system, where diverse clean-energy resources can compete with fossil fuels,” said Daniel Sosland, Acadia Center president. “Massachusetts consumers deserve this full and fair analysis before they are called upon to pay for expensive new energy projects whose need has not been determined yet.”…

Envisioning the Energy Future for Rhode Island: Event Recap

On June 26, Acadia Center hosted UtilityVision: A Discussion about the Clean Energy Future for Rhode Island at The Rhode Island Foundation in Providence. The objective was to provide an in-depth look at what the clean energy future could be for Rhode Island and beyond, as well as engage diverse stakeholders to work through the various challenges to implementation. Acadia Center’s presentation described a practical and positive pathway to achieving Rhode Island’s climate change goals and recommendations for reforming the way the energy system is paid for and planned. The meeting brought together a diverse group of Rhode Islanders who
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Region’s Cap and Trade Program Draws Interest

…The regional cap-and-trade program is regarded as a success because it has demonstrated that a price can be established for carbon without crippling the economy or driving electricity prices sky-high. Since 2008, when RGGI was launched, electricity prices across the nine states have fallen an average of 8 percent and the state economies have grown faster than the nation as a whole, according to Acadia Center, a clean energy advocacy group. A total of 28 carbon allowance auctions have been held since September 2008, generating more than $2 billion in revenue for the participating states. Massachusetts’s share of the total
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