Envisioning Our Energy Future Forum
ClimateVision 2020 is an online resource: http://climatevision.acadiacenter.org/
Residential Energy Efficiency Financing
Commissioned by Acadia Center* and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Authored by Energy Futures Group.
*formerly ENE (Environment Northeast)
Best Practices for Advancing State Energy Efficiency Programs Policy Options & Suggestions
This paper examines the efficiency-related laws and their implementing regulations, including efficiency procurement plans and reformed utility financial incentives, which have enabled some states and utilities to achieve nation-leading levels of efficiency investments and consumer savings. It provides: (1) a description of the current status of efficiency policies and investments in different states across the country; and (2) recommended policies and best practices that can enable all states to achieve levels of efficiency investments and associated savings, job creation, and increased competitiveness thus far only experienced by a handful of states.
Economic Benefits of RGGI
Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the region have dropped significantly since RGGI was formed. Meanwhile, revenue from auctions of allowances (permits to emit CO2) has been invested in energy efficiency and other consumer programs that reduce energy costs while increasing economic output and employment. RGGI-funded energy efficiency programs reduce expenditures for fossil fuels imported to generate power, thus making states more competitive while reducing carbon emissions.
Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicles Action Plan
On October 24, 2013, the governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to coordinated action to ensure the successful implementation of their state zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) programs. The signatory governors created a multi-state ZEV Program Implementation Task Force and called for the development of this action plan.
New Jersey and RGGI Potential Benefits of Renewed Participation
In late 2011 the Christie Administration announced New Jersey’s withdrawal from the program after three years of participation. As a result, New Jersey’s power plants are no longer governed by a limit on the amount of carbon pollution they can produce. At the same time, the state no longer receives any revenue resulting from the sale of pollution allowances required in participating states – limiting the state’s ability to invest in clean energy initiatives. As a result, the state is missing out on an opportunity to reduce energy bills and create jobs.