Acadia Center develops innovative policy structures that get results. Statewide mandates to purchase all cost-effective efficiency along with stakeholder councils that represent all customers and oversee implementation have won national recognition for their effectiveness. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first mandatory cap and trade program to reduce GHGs, and is now being looked to by EPA and others as a model for cutting carbon emissions in the power sector. These policies are the result of careful research and extensive collaboration with a network of peers and policy leaders.
Staying at the Table
Real impact happens over time. Acadia Center’s mission reaches beyond designing the policy or enacting the law. The long-term work includes regulatory proceedings; official budgets, plans and rates; stakeholder councils and appointed committees. Acadia Center’s staff commits the time, advocacy and support needed to see a solution through.
Good solutions have measurable results, and Acadia Center is involved in evaluating and publishing the impacts of climate and energy policies. The RGGI Auction Tracker, for example, measures the volume of carbon allowances sold, and also calculates the savings and macroeconomic benefits that states and consumers gain. Acadia Center also works to design and improve official measuring tools, such as those used to evaluate statewide energy efficiency investments or the methods for assessing energy infrastructure needs.