Annual Report 2014

Eversource CT Residential Fixed Charge Public Materials and Rate Case Testimony

Acadia Center analysis of actual impacts of fixed charge scenarios using evidence and testimony submitted by Eversource in its 2014 rate case

Letter: Capturing the Economic, Environmental, and Public Health Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Even at current gas prices, driving an EV instead of a conventional car can save a consumer thousands of dollars in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle. These savings on fuel purchases give consumers more money to spend in local economies and decrease our dependence on oil. Air pollution from cars, trucks, and buses is linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks, other health complications, and premature deaths. Since EVs have little or no conventional tailpipe emissions, they can be a key component to improving health outcomes and reducing costs to treat illnesses caused or worsened by this pollution. EVs also have significant climate benefits.

MA Electric Vehicles Docket Comments

Acadia Center recommends the following:

Energy Efficiency Engine of Economic Growth in Canada

Other assessments of energy efficiency programs show large direct savings to consumers and growth in energy service jobs. By looking at the broader, macroeconomic impacts of those savings, Acadia Center’s modeling study shows that the energy savings generated by efficiency programs frees up money for new spending (in the residential sector) and promotes increased competitiveness and output among businesses and industry. This translates into significant economic growth and job creation potential.

MA Low Demand Analysis Comments

The organizations welcome the opportunity to submit initial comments on the design of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Low Demand Analysis. We look forward to continuing engagement as Massachusetts evaluates benefits and costs associated with energy resources and policies capable of meeting our energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing consumer risk.

Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Methodology -Comments on Draft

Acadia Center  respectfully submits its comments in response to the draft Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Methodology of October 23, 2014. As a non-profit, research and advocacy organization committed to advancing the clean energy future, Acadia Center supports the Commission’s investigation in the value of distributed solar energy generation in Maine, and appreciates the opportunity to engage in this proceeding. In general, Acadia Center supports the approach outlined by the Commission’s consultants, and offers the following comments to help further refine the draft methodology. Acadia Center looks forward to the opportunity to review and comment on the final draft methodology as well as the Commission’s recommendations for increasing the deployment of distributed solar generation in Maine.

Nova Scotia Power Inc IRP Comments

RGGI A Successful Carbon Pricing Program

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and-trade system in North America. The program has been in place since 2009 and regulates fossil fuel-powered electric generating plants in nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.1 The RGGI region had a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of approximately $2.6 trillion in 2012—four times that of Ontario and almost 50% more than the entire Canadian economy in the same year

MEVI Mid-Year Report

This mid-year report briefly describes the background of MEVI, summarizes efforts towards early zero-emission-vehicles or ZEV-readiness and lists priority state actions underway and under consideration based on Task Force recommendations