Acadia Center knows that building a cleaner, low emissions future today is consistent with the steps needed to advance a stronger economic future. Almost all of the most effective tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will help consumers save money and bolster local, state and regional economies.
One of Acadia Center’s breakthrough studies, Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth, uses a widely regarded economic model that shows how using energy efficiently provides billions of dollars in consumer benefits and economic value. Measures like weatherizing, insulating and upgrading equipment save home and business owners money on their bills. Those savings then get invested in the local economy instead of being paid out to energy and fuel suppliers.
The successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is another example of a policy that works with the power of the markets to bring results. Acadia Center’s RGGI Auction Tracker and economic benefits of RGGI reports are trusted resources that have been invaluable to advocates and policymakers who work to uphold and strengthen the RGGI program. The RGGI Auction Tracker tallies up the hundreds of millions in savings that consumers earn because auction proceeds go to efficiency and clean energy projects. Other RGGI reports show that greenhouse gas emissions can come down at the same time that the economy grows — a powerful demonstration using hard, real world examples that reducing emissions goes hand in hand with economic growth.
Acadia Center’s EnergyVision framework for a new energy system demonstrates multiple consumer and economic benefits from a clean energy future. These analyses show that electrifying vehicles is a major step toward our mid-century climate goals, and, much more immediately, drivers save fuel and money when switching to a electric vehicle over a gasoline-powered model. Investing in local, community energy options gives consumers more control over their energy use and invests in lower cost, more local and cleaner choices.
Acadia Center believes that tackling misperceptions about clean energy economics and environmental benefits with sound information and hard data – matched with ambitious reforms — can reframe debates and change minds in the process of building a clean and environmentally sustainable future.