Connecticut Can Move Up Energy Efficiency Rankings with Two Policy Moves

Connecticut’s 6th place ranking in ACEEE’s 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is a strong achievement. However, holding steady remains a challenge for the Nutmeg State as other peer states, like Oregon and Maryland, continue to improve their efficiency efforts. So where can Connecticut find more points for next year and perhaps even climb in the rankings? Here are two suggestions for (nearly) immediate gains. Building Energy Codes: Putting in place modern building energy codes is crucial because it ensures that new buildings start off highly efficient. Connecticut has unfortunately not yet implemented the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a
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Lacking Natural Energy Resources, Nutmeggers Embrace Efficiency

…”Energy efficiency is about doing the same amount of work, with less energy,” said Bill Dornbos, director of the Acadia Center in Connecticut, a non-profit, that among other projects, is helping to design energy efficiency plans for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “But if you kind of think of it another way, it’s also about preventing energy waste, which is costly, right? People needlessly paying for more energy than they need to buy to power their homes is a drag on the economy…”

Acadia Center Applauds Rhode Island’s Nation-Leading Efforts on Energy Efficiency

Rhode Island is tied with Massachusetts for first place in the utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policy category of the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a national nonpartisan organization. In terms of the overall ranking, Rhode Island is tied with Oregon for fourth place behind Massachusetts (#1), California (#2), and Vermont (#3). This is the third year that Rhode Island has ranked in the top five states. Least Cost Procurement, first implemented 8 years ago and extended for another 5 years this summer, is largely responsible for Rhode Island’s
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Acadia Center Commends CT on #6 Energy Efficiency Ranking; Sees Opportunities for Higher Ranking Next Year

Connecticut ranks #6 among all states for its energy efficiency efforts, according to the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a national nonpartisan organization. Connecticut held steady at the #6 spot from last year’s ranking. “Connecticut deserves real credit for remaining a top ten performer in the rankings,” said William E. Dornbos, Acadia Center’s Connecticut Director and Senior Attorney. “Connecticut’s strong commitment to cost-effective energy efficiency helps give the state a chance to thrive – saving consumers money on their energy bills, creating jobs in the home performance industry, and
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Massachusetts Holds Off California to Receive Top Energy Efficiency Ranking for the Fifth Year in a Row

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a national nonpartisan organization, released its 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard today, with Massachusetts holding the #1 rank for the fifth year in a row, having overtaken California in 2011. California is still close behind at #2, with only a half point separating the states’ rankings. Massachusetts has proven its continued commitment to energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act of 2008 by saving a large and growing percentage of energy every year through efficiency measures, and delivering over $11.5 billion in economic benefits and energy savings for ratepayers over the last
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Four Ways to Reduce Your Energy Usage this Winter

With the arrival of autumn’s cooler weather as a reminder that winter is just around the corner, now is the time to think about ways to reduce your heating energy usage. You’ll save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Here are four things to consider doing before winter arrives: Air sealing is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to reduce energy use. Many homes have lots of cracks and gaps that allow cold air to enter and create uncomfortable drafts. Most of the states in this region have low-cost programs that will bring in
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New Study Shows Value of Solar in New Hampshire

Acadia Center today released a study that quantifies the grid and societal benefits of solar photovoltaic systems (solar PV) in New Hampshire. 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, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont , and Maine’s Public Utilities Commission 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
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Solar Installations Skyrocket, But Connecticut Consumers Still Need to Do Their Homework

…Jamie Howland studies climate and energy at Acadia Center, a non-profit clean energy research organization. He said the declining price of a solar installation can make it a good deal, but “consumers have to do their homework and be careful.” Howland said customers should chart out any additional costs before going solar. If your roof is old and in need of replacement, for instance, do that before putting a panel on it. If there will be extra costs for things like tree removal, factor that in…

Climate Smart Communities Conference Focuses on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Best Practices

The 2015 Climate Smart Communities Conference held in Newburgh, New York on September 25th brought together state and local municipal officials, program managers, and other stakeholders seeking to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The conference focused on the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program, a unique partnership established in 2009 between six New York State Agencies and local communities designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program expects local governments to lead by example through adopting more clean and efficient municipal operations and encouraging broader community participation with education and outreach. There are currently 167 Climate Smart Communities
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RGGI must be reformed to meet CPP, 2050 state goals -report

…That’s according to the Boston-headquartered Acadia Center, which in a report published Tuesday said that while RGGI meets the criteria set out in the final version of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) released this summer, the scheme’s cap and how quickly it decreases needs to be modified, as does the market’s supply safety valve. The finalised CPP rules encourage the use of multi-state, mass-based emissions trading schemes to help meet a national target to cut power plant emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030…