Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of good state and regional energy policy. Investments in efficient equipment like lighting, appliances, and industrial motors reduce consumer energy bills and also reduce the need for expensive energy infrastructure like transmission lines and power plants. Acadia Center works to ensure that programs are effective, well-funded and reach a wide spectrum of customers with the deepest possible energy and cost savings for each participant.

Efficiency investments in leading states have deferred the need for nearly half a billion dollars in new energy infrastructure projects, produced $19.5 billion in economic benefits, cut electric use by 124,000 GWh, and avoided 51.3 million metric tons of CO2 pollution. Acadia Center’s macroeconomic studies show that efficiency investments create jobs, keep energy dollars at home, and help to grow local economies.

The challenge is to build from this strong foundation to reach for even greater savings and aid the transformation to a cleaner electric grid. These goals can be achieved by maximizing efficiency investments that are available and cost effective and focusing on ways efficiency can minimize infrastructure investments and integrate renewables. Acadia Center helped create the policies that have led states to top-in-the-nation investments in energy efficiency. Acadia Center pioneered the stakeholder council model as a means of ensuring consistent implementation, evaluation and diverse representation in the energy efficiency procurement process. Staff members currently hold appointed seats on these councils in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Acadia Center works with businesses, utilities, regulators and others to make sure that programs meet their goals and reach all customers.

  • Testimony on Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Legislation

    Acadia Center testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on May 30, 2019. In its testimony it urged Massachusetts legislators to support efficient electrification of building heating, new standards to promote innovative energy saving appliances, better information on energy efficiency for homebuyers, and requirements for existing buildings to become more efficient. It also called for them to oppose or require modification of two bills that could harm the state's energy efficiency programs and their implementation.

  • Testimony on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard

    Acadia Center's testimony urges DOER to withdraw proposed changes to the RPS that would undermine the state's climate efforts, including allowing energy sources that emit more CO2, like biomass, to participate and relaxing accountability measures that track emissions reductions. Acadia Center testified and submitted its statement to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on May 13, 2019.

  • National Grid Rate Case: Summary of Issues and Call to Action

    In this memo, Acadia Center outlines key issues the public should be aware of in National Grid's comprehensive electric rate case, filed in late 2018. Acadia Center addresses concerns related to high revenue and shareholder returns, inadequate requirements in "performance based ratemaking," misaligned rates, and proposed electric vehicle charging programs. The last section summarizes opportunities for the public to weigh in and take action in the proceeding, which will have far-reaching implications for Massachusetts' clean energy future.

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