As participating states weigh the future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), impacts on public health should be considered. The program’s success in reducing CO2 emissions to date has also led to avoided emissions of harmful co-pollutants, resulting in cleaner air and healthier people. Acadia Center analysis shows that the RGGI states can achieve billions of dollars in additional avoided health impacts by establishing an ambitious cap through 2030.
Clean energy technologies offer an historic opportunity to build an energy future that produces large consumer, economic, and climate benefits. EnergyVision 2030 shows how, by redoubling existing efforts in four key areas, New York and the six New England states can accelerate this transition and achieve a modern, low-emissions energy future. Read and download the Overview Summary, Companion Briefs, and Technical Appendix below. See the full microsite at http://2030.acadiacenter.org/
State leadership is now essential to advancing a clean energy future for consumers. Using detailed market data, a new analysis from Acadia Center, EnergyVision 2030, shows that by the year 2030 New York and the six New England states can be on the path to a low-carbon economic future by redoubling current efforts in areas such as solar and wind power, building markets for clean electric technologies like heat pumps, and increasing investments in cost-effective energy efficiency savings. A press release and document responding to frequently asked questions are available for download below.
The 2017 legislative session provides a significant opportunity to advance Connecticut’s clean energy economy, especially by launching offshore wind, increasing and improving solar, and strengthening the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Within its rate case (D.P.U. 17-05), Eversource proposes significant revenue increases, new rate structures, and an array of investments. Based on preliminary review, several of Eversource’s key proposals appear inconsistent with reforms needed to advance a clean energy future, but others are likely beneficial. The proposals reviewed by Acadia Center can be grouped into three categories: (1) revenue and shareholder returns, (2) grid modernization investments, and (3) rate design. Download the full review of proposals or a two-page summary below.
Incentives for Change: Why Utilities Continue to Build and How Regulators Can Motivate Them to Modernize
Outdated utility financial incentives are inhibiting the transition to a clean energy future, increasing consumer costs, and stifling new technologies. Yet, this state of affairs is hardwired into the regulatory system. In this handout, Acadia Center analysis demonstrates how this imbalance plays out in scenarios from around the Northeast. Easy-to-read infographics show what compels utilities to continue building traditional infrastructure and why incentives must be reformed to align utility, consumer, and environmental interests.
A coalition including Acadia Center identifies key priorities that it supports for allocating Connecticut’s share of the VW Mitigation Trust Funds. These comments were submitted to Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
In its proposal for local energy investment and infrastructure modernization, Acadia Center presents concepts for legislation to modernize Massachusetts' distribution system, promote local energy resources as alternatives to infrastructure, cap residential fixed charges, and improve incentives through time-of-use rates. Local Energy Investment and Infrastructure Modernization was proposed with support of a broad-based coalition as H. 1725 (Rep. Benson) -- S. 1875 (Sen. Pacheco): https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1875
Advances in energy technology and declining clean energy costs offer an historic opportunity to build a truly clean, low carbon, and consumer friendly energy future that is also more reliable and resilient. These changes are profound—and a large disconnect exists between how we currently see and interact with the energy system and what a low-emission future could look like. Acadia Center is preparing EnergyVision 2030 to help fill this information and “vision” gap by presenting a detailed picture of what the energy system would look like in 2030 on a pathway to a clean energy future in 2050. This picture will show audiences in New England and New York a changed but recognizable system and help make today’s policy and infrastructure decisions with much better context and thus comfort.
Electricity bills for residential customers in many states often combine a low fixed monthly charge with flat rates for electricity consumed and delivered charged on a per-kilowatt hour basis. Traditionally, this structure has worked for utilities by providing a simple mechanism to recover enough revenue to build, maintain, and operate the grid. This existing rate design for residential customers has many positive features, but is a blunt and inefficient instrument in many respects. Changes in electricity rate design can help address a number of different issues. In these comments, Acadia Center proposes a following five-point plan to achieve the above described objectives and principles for residential customers.