Acadia Center recommends the following:

  • There is a wide range of information about EV charging that could aid distribution company planning. At a minimum, disclosure of vehicle registry information with appropriate privacy protections should take place either informally or put into statute. Disclosure of significant EV charging installations could be addressed in electric tariffs but may be more desirable to put into statute.
  • NSTAR Electric’s EV pilot program should not be offered to all customers at this time. The Department should order the creation of a simultaneous pilot on residential EV-specifictime-of-use rates and direct each distribution company to lay out options for a whole-house time-of-use rate offering. If the pilots are conducted expeditiously, the Department should be able to decide what combination of programs should be made available to all customers in late 2015 or early 2016. This more general offering should serve both as an incentive for EV adoption and as an incentive for EV owners to charge at times when impact on the grid will be low.
  • The Department should adopt a rate pilot to reform demand charges for DC fast chargers similar to the Connecticut Light and Power pilot approved in June 2014, with consideration of alterations to prevent unreasonable cross-subsidization. This will make investment in the critical network of public DC fast charging economically feasible in the short term, and allow for the collection of data to consider broader reforms, such as a designated rate class for DC fast chargers.
  • The Department should conduct a study on vehicle-grid integration and lay out a roadmap on long-term policy choices, either independently or in conjunction with the Department of Energy Resources.

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  • Comments to the Draft of the 2021-2023 New Hampshire Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan

    Comments in response to the NH Electric and Natural Gas Utilities Draft of the 2021-2023 New Hampshire Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan (submitted for stakeholder review on July 1, 2020). NH Utilities made significant revisions in scope, savings, timeline, process, and program details based on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as incorporation of public and EERS (Energy Efficiency Resource Standard) Committee comments on the April 1 Draft Plan. Acadia Center’s comments are based on examination of the Draft 2021-2023 NH Plan, its analyses and reports on energy efficiency programs across the Northeast region, and conversations and deliberations within the EERS Committee.

  • Priority Climate Action Plan Strategy Recommendations

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    This open letter to the Maine Climate Council (signed by Acadia Center and other organizations), describes the top 13 policy recommendations, pulled from every Working Group and more than 650 pages of materials, which the signatories believe are the most impactful strategies for reducing Maine's emissions.

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