Trump Could Have Leverage Over UTC In Carrier Negotiations

Bill Dornbos, director of the Connecticut office of Acadia Center, a clean energy advocacy group, said changing the regulations could be difficult because the rule-writing process is drawn out and complicated. For example, minimum energy conservation standards apply to more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, cutting energy efficiency standards for air conditioning equipment would not likely help Carrier and other U.S. manufacturers because of investments in meeting higher standards, he said. “Any rollback would more likely end up benefiting foreign manufacturers who could flood the market with lower-quality, less-efficient
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Can RGGI flourish under a Trump administration?

Emissions in the nine RGGI states have fallen by 37 percent since 2008, according to a report from the Acadia Center, an environmental group. At the same time, electricity prices have dropped by 3.4 percent across the region, the report says. […] “Leadership now is vital on the state level,” said Peter Shattuck, executive director of the Acadia Center. “If we’re not going to see as much as folks would like at the federal level, there is a renewed rationale for the states being the laboratory of innovation.” Read the full article from Energy & Environment News here. This article may
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States Considering Future of Northeast Climate Program

BOSTON — Nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will be hosting a webinar today to discuss the future of the eight-year cooperative effort to reduce power plant carbon pollution. Materials that will be discussed during the webinar indicate that states will take the important step of establishing emissions limits through 2030, but the ambition and scope of new rules remains unresolved. “RGGI’s success shows that states can and should lead on climate,” said Acadia Center President Daniel Sosland. Acadia Center’s July 2016 report Measuring Success shows that states in RGGI have experienced 3.6% more economic growth than states
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New York Proposes New Rates for Distributed Energy

This blog was co-authored with Miles Farmer, Clean Energy Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council. The New York Department of Public Service has proposed to change the way distributed energy resources (like community solar and small wind projects) are rewarded for the benefits that they provide to the electricity system. The Department released a landmark report in its “Value of Distributed Energy Resources” proceeding, recommending a methodology by which these resources can receive credits that align more closely with their true value to the electricity system. Acadia Center and NRDC have been involved in the collaborative process around the report’s creation,
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Finding New Frontiers: Clean Energy on Aquidneck Island

This summer, an Acadia Center blog post highlighted the clean energy moment happening in Connecticut. Policymakers in that state are currently deciding what its energy future will look like for years to come, and stakeholders must take notice—but Connecticut isn’t the only state having a clean energy moment. In fact, you might say the whole region, country, even world is having a clean energy moment. At Acadia Center, we strive to capture a vision that will help more communities, of whatever size, embrace these moments, and recently in Rhode Island we found ourselves in a room with more than one
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Video: Energy policy a top issue in campaign

“Obviously, we still have a ways to go,” said Jordan Stutt, policy analyst for the Acadia Center. “We’re still pretty dependent on some fossil fuels, but as we continue to invest in new energy technologies — as those costs come down, as we build out the infrastructure for distributed energy generation — I think we will be able to achieve that goal.” Watch the news report and read the full article from WMUR here.

State gov’ts energy-reduction efforts need more money

The Acadia Center, an environmental nonprofit with an office in Hartford, recently released a report criticizing Lead by Example’s lack of progress. “It doesn’t appear that the program is on track,” said William Dornbos, senior attorney and director of Acadia’s Connecticut office. “It’s hard to see, based on this information, how the program is going to get there.” […] Acadia’s report also criticized DEEP for not releasing mandated annual reports on the program’s progress, which it said makes it difficult for the public to track results. DEEP published annual reports online earlier this month covering 2014 and 2015, following the
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Environmental, consumer groups call on Connecticut regulators to cut UI rate

The groups making the request include such environmental groups as the Acadia Center and the Sierra Club, as well as consumer groups including AARP Connecticut and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. […] Bill Dornbos, Connecticut director and senior attorney at Acadia Center, said reducing UI’s current fixed charge for residential customers “would not only give immediate relief to Connecticut homeowners who are struggling with high energy costs, but it would also better align our electricity pricing with our energy efficiency and clean energy policies and help grow clean energy industries that can boost Connecticut’s economy.” Fixed-rate charges became a
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Mass. Regulators Reject DER Surcharge in Rate Case

Several intervenors contended that the proposal ran contrary to Massachusetts’ efforts to have its rate design more accurately reflect market conditions. “Reforms to electricity rate design must strike a careful balance between economic efficiency, equity for all customers, protection of low-income ratepayers and access to community distributed generation,” Mark LeBel, staff attorney at Acadia Center, said in a statement. Read the full article from RTO Insider here.