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February 2023

Acadia Center Announces Summer 2023 Internships and Fellows

Acadia Center is thrilled to announce our newest openings for internships and fellowships in Summer of 2023. These internships and fellowships will run for 8-10 weeks from June to August and are open for applications now. Check out the position descriptions here

Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator

By Ben Butterworth
Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) is a free, open-source, peer-reviewed model created by Energy Innovation LLC and RMI. The EPS allows users to estimate climate and energy policy impacts through 2050 on emissions, the economy, jobs, and public health using publicly available data. Acadia Center, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, developed a customized scenario using the Rhode Island EPS. You can test it out here.

Key Opportunities in 2023: Acadia Center's Vision Webinar Summary

In our most recent webinar, Acadia Center’s Vice President of Programs, Amy Boyd, was joined by Ben Butterworth, Paola Tamayo, and Oliver Tully to discuss the major accomplishments Acadia Center experienced in 2022 and set sights on what Acadia Center hopes to accomplish in 2023. For those who were not able to join the webinar, you can view the recording and a written summary here.

Hot Topic: Dispelling the Myths about Induction Stoves

By Amy Boyd and Sarah Salkowski
Induction stoves have become a hot topic as of late, and we want to set the record straight. Are induction stoves as powerful as gas? Will you need to replace all your cookware if you switch to induction? How can you drive costs down and utilize federal and state rebates to afford a new induction stovetop? We tackle all these questions and more in this blog, so if you want to learn more, you can read that here.

Impact of the Grid Modernization Council in Massachusetts Already Taking Shape

By Kyle Murray
In August of 2022, Governor Baker signed comprehensive climate legislation which required the development of a Grid Modernization Advisory Council. While it has yet to be fully developed, Acadia Center is hopeful that this Council will ensure that utility grid modernization plans are regularly updated, maximize benefits delivered to ratepayers, and provide for greater stakeholder input and public participation. To read more about the current and future impacts of this new Council, check out our blog on the matter.

Massachusetts DPU Continues Fossil Fuel Dominant Business as Usual

By Oliver Tully and Kyle Murray
In December, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved a petition by Eversource Energy to supply new gas service in the Town of Douglas, MA. This means Eversource must build new gas distribution infrastructure, which Acadia Center has argued against, as it is at odds with Massachusetts’ climate goals and is not in the public interest. The Douglas case makes it clearer than ever that Acadia Center’s RESPECT proposal and the reform it seeks would create more transparency and inclusion in situations where fossil fuel interests traditionally dominate the conversation. You can read more about the Douglas case and the RESPECT reforms here.
‘There’s a dam breaking:’ Cities and towns start to kick fossil fuels with new building code
Kyle Murray, Senior Advocate & Massachusetts Program Director, quoted in The Boston Globe
Power to the people: How activists are working to change New England’s grid operator from the inside
Amy Boyd, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy, quoted in The Boston Globe
In Pennsylvania, heat pumps could be a climate change solution
Amy Boyd, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy, quoted in The Allegheny Front

Climate change is making power outages more common
Amy Boyd, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy, quoted in The Boston Globe
New England clean energy goals slam into oil reality
Amy Boyd, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy, quoted in E&E News
Hey Mass. residents, your monthly gas bill is about to go down
Kyle Murray, Senior Advocate & Massachusetts Program Director, quoted in WBUR News
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