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.

  • Assessing New York’s Proposed ‘New Efficiency’ Initiative

    In 2018, New York released a new energy efficiency strategy that centers on a 2025 energy savings target of 185 trillion British thermal units. Acadia Center analyzed this new target and its underlying initiatives to determine whether it would maximize energy efficiency's benefits for New York. Based on that analysis, Acadia Center offers four recommendations for strengthening the plan.

  • Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Policy Options

    Acadia Center’s UtilityVision (2015) confronts several categories of reforms needed to advance a consumer and environmentally-friendly energy grid. These reforms make up a comprehensive regulatory framework that integrates how parts of the new energy system can work to put the consumer at the center of the modern grid. This document contains new proposals and recommendations to advance changes in each category.

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    ACES Letter to Massachusetts House Leadership

    The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and the Acadia Center co-­chair the Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a “coalition of coalitions” comprising business groups, clean energy companies, environmental organizations, and health and consumer representatives dedicated to advancing clean energy for Massachusetts. This coalition letter recommends favorable action on four bills before the close of the Massachusetts legislative session in 2018.

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