Massachusetts legislators are working to pass the nation's first carbon pricing legislation, a step that would help cement the state's reputation as a leader on smart climate action. Similar efforts are underway throughout the region, as carbon pricing legislation has also been introduced in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With the economic heft of this region, carbon pricing legislation would constitute a substantial step towards a low-carbon future.
The Trump Administration’s detrimental decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement requires states and regions to assume leadership addressing the threats of climate change to the health, well-being, and economic prosperity of their citizens. In Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, this must include strengthening the effective RGGI program. This letter, signed by 51 environmental organizations, health professionals, clean energy businesses and environmental justice groups, applauds the leadership that the RGGI states have shown to date and urges them to continue that role by considering more ambitious policy options.
Sixty-nine organizations representing business, community, consumer, low-income, public health, environmental, and clean energy interests signed this letter to the Connecticut General Assembly opposing two budget proposals, one made by the Senate Republicans that would raid ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and another made by the Senate and House Democrats that would sweep ratepayer-derived revenues from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Connecticut is debating whether to allow the direct sales of electric vehicles (EVs) by manufacturers, but concerns have been raised about potential impacts to employment at existing car dealerships. Acadia Center examined auto dealer employment statistics for nearby states that allow direct sales, and the results indicate that there has been no negative impact on this industry’s job levels or trends.
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.