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.
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.
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.
Northeast Transportation Innovation – Engaging Community Allies for a Clean, Equitable Transportation Future
Maine’s roads, highways, and bridges are vital to the state’s well-being and prosperity, and persistent budget shortfalls—$68 million annually—have real economic consequences. Our outdated transportation system is also responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions, and presents dangerous threats to our climate and public health. Proposals to reform transportation funding at the state level have failed every year since 2009, but regional collaboration offers Maine a path to meet these challenges and achieve a clean, modern transportation system that meets community needs, reduces air pollution, and enhances economic opportunity.
This joint letter supports Amendment 10 to S.2545 (An Act to promote a clean energy future). Adoption and promotion of optional on-peak/off-peak rates, as required by the amendment, is an important way of providing improved incentives for ratepayers to manage peak demand through a wide variety of methods. These include management of energy usage, advanced energy storage, smarter energy efficiency investment, local clean energy generation such as solar, and electric vehicle charging at off-peak times.
In the 2018 legislative session, the CT General Assembly enacted a mandate for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 – aligned with Acadia Center’s EnergyVision 2030 analysis. The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) is now considering policy mechanisms to reach this target. In advance of their June meeting, Acadia Center sent a letter to the GC3 highlighting the enormous benefits a regional transportation climate policy would have for Connecticut.
In February 2018, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind projects up to 3% of the state's electricity generation. All the offshore wind bids submitted to DEEP have proposed this maximum amount, about 200 MW. This letter from clean energy advocates, environmental organizations, labor unions, and faith groups urges Connecticut to select the maximum permitted share of offshore wind by the RFP deadline this June, as well as setting an offshore wind procurement mandate that aligns with neighboring states.
Some entities and stakeholders have raised concerns about the environmental performance of the regional electricity system during a particularly cold multi-week period in December 2017 and January 2018. To better inform recent public discussions around these regional energy and climate issues, as well as potential policy solutions, Acadia Center has compiled and analyzed available data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, electricity generation, and fuel consumption in the New England region, with conclusions presented in this fact sheet.
In January 2017, Eversource filed its first complete rate case in many years. After a lengthy proceeding, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved four major proposals from Eversource that are bad for ratepayers and move us away from a future with consumer control and widespread local clean energy. The endorsers of this letter support efforts to undo these counterproductive decisions in 2018 and urge the Massachusetts Legislature to ensure that similar steps are not taken in the future.