January 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Acadia Center and our continuing progress toward smarter energy policies. Read on for some highlights from the past month.
  • Acadia Center's Director of Grid of Modernization Abigail Anthony took an in-depth look at community energy projects in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • Senior Attorney Amy Boyd explained the Supreme Court decision concluding that wholesale demand response programs are within Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's jurisdiction on our blog. 
  • Energy and Climate Outreach Director Tyler Soleau traveled across New England circulating the newest edition of our Vision Series, Community|EnergyVision.
For a closer look at Acadia Center's in-depth research and advocacy, please check out our website for news clips , blog posts , publications and updates on our initiatives


Daniel L. Sosland
In July 2015, National Grid submitted a proposal - summarized here - that included a tiered customer charge for residential and small commercial and industrial customers and an access fee for standalone distributed generation. Acadia Center's concerns and arguments against the proposal were laid out in Dr. Abigail Anthony's testimony on the tiered customer charge and access fee and her rebuttal testimonyThe proposal was roundly rejected by other intervenors in the proceeding as well. In a sudden turn of events, in January National Grid submitted an unopposed motion to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to withdraw its distribution rate reform proposal.

Read More: For more information on National Grid's decision read our blog and press coverage
Massachusetts Sets Highest Energy Savings Goals in the Nation
The Massachusetts DPU approved the 2016-2018 Energy Efficiency Investment Plans, setting the course for the next chapter of the award-winning MassSave energy efficiency programs. The Plans feature goals and strategies for saving energy and reducing bills for Massachusetts homes and businesses. The programs will provide an estimated $8 billion in economic benefits and energy savings over the three year period. The plans also set the highest savings goals in the nation even higher than the 2015 savings goals that resulted in Massachusetts being ranked #1 in energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy for the 5th year running. 

Read More:  Acadia Center sent out a press release announcing the Plans which was picked up by Energy Efficiency Markets.