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.”

Giving Solar Consumers the Cold Shoulder

…As the article describes, many business groups argue that lifting the caps would result in hundreds of millions of dollars more in consumer electric bills. These numbers, however, are off-base as shown by studies done by Environment Massachusetts and the Acadia Center, among others. In fact, lifting net-metering caps will result in a net social gain…

Report: New England Doesn’t Need More Natural Gas Pipelines

…Peter Shattuck says energy prices are coming down. He’s with the Acadia Center, a nonprofit think tank that advocates for clean energy solutions. He points out that Massachusetts’ electricity prices are about 25 percent lower than last year and it’s because of a combination of factors. “It’s better planning by the power plant owners, simply ensuring that their plants are ready to run, that they have adequate supplies of fuels and also significantly due to market reforms,” he says…

New Pipelines Unnecessary in New England: Facts Support Findings of MA Attorney General Study

BOSTON, MA – New publicly-funded natural gas pipelines in New England are unnecessary according to a new study by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. This finding is validated by significant developments in the region’s energy markets, including: Improved planning and market reforms that have avoided electricity price increases despite record cold weather Expanded efficiency programs that are reducing energy demand cost-effectively Large-scale procurement for natural gas alternatives such as wind and hydroelectric power Backup generation that new natural gas power plants will install to reduce reliance on natural gas during infrequent peak demand periods   “Acadia Center has long argued
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Foul! National Grid, Eversource called on RFP

…A letter initiated by Acadia Center, non-profit clean energy research and advocacy organization, on behalf of clean energy developers calls for “fair consideration of alternatives to natural gas” in meeting the region’s electricity needs and a redrafting of the RFP to allow for participation of lower cost and lower risk clean energy options to meet the region’s clean energy needs…

Fair Competition Needed in Utility Energy Contracting

BOSTON, MA -Acadia Center joined with clean energy developers today in calling for fair consideration of alternatives to natural gas in meeting the region’s electricity needs. In a joint letter, Acadia Center and the other signatories request that utilities National Grid and Eversource redraft the solicitation to remove the current bias toward natural gas projects and ensure that a full array of cleaner, lower cost options are able to compete. The letter is written in response to Requests for Proposals issued by the utilities on Friday October 23rd. The solicitation requires responses by November 13th – only a three week
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How to: Critically Review Technical Reports

Analytical studies play a crucial role in the energy policy world. They help decipher complex energy markets and technologies and often affect policy decisions. This makes it important for decision makers and other policy stakeholders to critically analyze these studies. The following steps will help you critically analyze data whether you’re a policy stakeholder or an interested third party: Find the Technical Details – Whenever you encounter any new results or conclusions in a study, the first thing to do is look for the technical details of the analysis. These could be part of the main report in the form
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