Envisioning a clear pathway towards meeting long term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets of 80% by 2050 has been a difficult and elusive task.  Yet, an exciting convergence of technology advances and success in reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation points towards viable solutions that can be implemented now to be on the right path.  It may seem counterintuitive, but the key is to rely more on decarbonized electricity to power transportation and buildings. Consider this hypothetical: if all gasoline powered cars on the road and all buildings heating with fossil fuels immediately switched to modern electric technologies like electric vehicles and high efficiency cold weather heat pumps, GHG emissions from these sources in the Northeast would be cut in half.  With further efforts to transition electricity generation to renewable resources, emissions would continue to fall.  Dramatic changes to our power grid, more decentralized and community energy approaches and redoubled efforts to maximize energy efficiency are needed to make this vision real.

  • The Declining Role of Natural Gas Power in New England

    This report concludes that under current plans and laws, New England’s reliance on natural gas to fuel power plants could drop from 45% to approximately 10% of its electricity needs in 2030, making any investment in new gas pipelines or plants unnecessary and therefore costly.

  • Clean Heating Pathways

    In the Northeast, one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating equipment in buildings. This report sets out seven paths that states and cities can take to support adoption of clean heating technologies to reduce emissions and provide important benefits like lowering heating costs and eliminating health and safety risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

  • Advancing Energy Efficiency in Maine

    This report advocates for energy efficiency as a key tool for helping Maine achieve its ambitious climate goals. The report provides recommendations—including supporting Efficiency Maine Trust programs, modernizing codes and standards, and undertaking regulatory reform for a clean and resilient grid—that will advance the state toward its clean energy goals and resulting consumer and energy system benefits.

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