Over the past two legislative sessions, the Commonwealth has made big strides to clean up the electric sector, including the large-scale procurement of offshore wind and clean energy. However, there are many more opportunities to safeguard the climate and public health while growing the economy, protecting consumers, and improving equity, notably in transportation, heating and cooling, and grid modernization. This document lays out Acadia Center’s priority bills in Massachusetts for the 2019-2020 legislative session.
Massachusetts’ transportation system is due for an upgrade. Outdated infrastructure, congested roads, and polluted air are a drag on the economy. Massachusetts’ residents and businesses deserve transportation options that will help them thrive, and the Commonwealth can achieve that goal by focusing on the actions outlined in this report.
Acadia Center is excited to pass along some of the resources and information shared at the Building a Stronger Maine forum on clean energy and transportation opportunities for the state. See the links below for slides from forum speakers, including Kathleen Meil (Acadia Center), Beth Ahearn (Maine Conservation Alliance), Sharon Klein (School of Economics, University of Maine), Ruth Kermish-Allen (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance), and Emily Lewis (Acadia Center).
The next governor of Maine faces an exciting opportunity: to use proven transportation and energy reforms to revitalize Maine’s economy, competitiveness, and overall quality of life while safeguarding its iconic natural resources. Acadia Center’s analysis indicates that the state could add about $4 billion in new economic benefits and create about 13,500 new jobs through five recommended reforms.
The next governor of Connecticut faces an exciting opportunity: to use proven transportation and energy reforms to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, competitiveness, and overall quality of life. Acadia Center’s analysis indicates that the state could add about $11 billion in new economic benefits and create about 33,000 new jobs through five recommended reforms.
On October 30, 2018, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) unanimously approved a resolution supporting the utility program administrators’ proposed Three-Year Plan for 2019-2021. In its role as the environmental representative on the EEAC, Acadia Center successfully represented stakeholder priorities and pushed for the 2019-2021 Plan to innovate, better use technology, help customers switch from polluting oil to clean, efficient heat pumps, and cut electric and gas peak demand in summer and winter. Now the Plan moves to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for consideration and approval by the end of January 2019.
Acadia Center Evaluation of the Sept. 14 Draft of the 2019-2021 MA Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan
In Massachusetts, energy efficiency is delivered primarily through utility-run programs, overseen by the Department of Public Utilities with the assistance of a stakeholder council called the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), on which Acadia Center holds the environmental representative seat.
Throughout 2018, the EEAC, efficiency program administrators (PAs), and other stakeholders have been engaged in a process to develop a 3-year plan for 2019-2021. This is Acadia Center’s analysis of the September 14th Revised Draft submitted by the PAs. This document discusses key shortcomings that must be addressed in advance of the October vote. Acadia Center is hopeful that these improvements will be reflected in the final plan.
Rhode Island’s transportation system—its network of highways, trains, public transit, airports, ports, and walking and biking corridors—is vital to the state’s economy. It facilitates the movement of goods and connects people to jobs, shopping, recreation, and other services. However, the system needs critical improvements to address major challenges and better serve the state’s communities and businesses.
On July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed H.4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy. On August 9, 2018, Governor Baker signed this bill into law, now Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018. This documents summarizes the legislation and key implications.
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.