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November 2022

The November elections saw governors re-elected throughout the region whose administrations are committed to addressing climate and clean energy issues. They now welcome Governor-elect Maura Healy, who as Massachusetts Attorney General took a leading role on clean energy and climate issues and has offered aggressive climate action plans for her state. Internationally, the 27th meeting of the Conference of the Parties organized under the U.N. climate conventions, COP27, just concluded last week in Egypt. Leaders at COP27 were forced to reckon with new data, which showed that 2022 had the highest levels of emissions ever in a single year. The takeaways from the conference were mixed: progress was made on establishing a mechanism to assist the most vulnerable communities around the world already suffering from the changing climate, but the conference fell short on agreeing to rapidly accelerate away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy.

The urgency brought to COP27 by activists and governments, recent legislation in the U.S. particularly the Inflation Reduction Act, aggressive climate action goals in most states in the region, and impressive technological advancements have all created a window of real opportunity for climate action. Tangible success will rely not only on global and national agreements, but in implementing clean energy projects and policies at the local, state, and regional levels. Acadia Center remains focused on states and communities because they are the very places where the change will be made in our buildings, transportation, and energy systems. In this E-News, we highlight recent actions to reduce emissions and build a clean energy economy that benefits all residents.

Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow!

Acadia Center works at the intersection of diverse forces, doing the research needed to make informed choices about the climate, providing advocacy at the community, state, and regional levels for these bold solutions, and taking a leadership role in their implementation. This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a gift today to Acadia Center. Your generous contribution will allow us to continue to fight against the rising tide of climate change and put us on track for a livable climate and a stronger, more equitable economy.

Hydrogen, Electrification, and Why the Details Matter

by Ben Butterworth
Hydrogen is a hot topic and the details matter. From safety concerns to “green” vs “grey” hydrogen, Ben Butterworth explains everything hydrogen and why we should care. Find out more about hydrogen, why we need to keep it out of sectors like building heating for which electrification is a far better option, develop green hydrogen for applications that cannot be electrified, and what you can do to help here.

An Inside Look at the Issues Around Winter Heating Reliability

Last month, supporters of Acadia Center were invited to join a conversation between staff experts Amy Boyd and Melissa Birchard on “Solving the Winter Energy Problem” webinar. For those who were not able to make it, we invite you to read the summary or watch the recorded webinar here.

Life with Heat Pumps: A Winter Update

by Amy Boyd

In June, Amy Boyd, Vice President of Climate and Clean Energy Policy, wrote about her experiences with her new heat pump system in her 1880s home. After a brutally hot summer and a wildly varied autumn, she has learned many things about her new heat pumps. In this blog update, Amy shares tips and tricks, as well as insightful reflections on her heat pumps and how they have improved her family’s quality of life. You can read the update here.

A wind project promised Mass. cheap power. Then came inflation
Melissa Birchard, Director: Clean Energy & Grid Transition, quoted in WBUR News
Three governor’s races that really matter for climate policy
Kyle Murray, Senior Advocate and Massachusetts Program Director, quoted in The Washington Post
Massachusetts OKs over $450M in grid modernization spending by Eversource, National Grid, Unitil
Kyle Murray, Senior Advocate and Massachusetts Program Director, quoted in The Utility Dive
Coalition Supports New England Offshore Wind Transmission Grid Plan
Melissa Birchard, Director: Clean Energy & Grid Transition, quoted in North American Windpower
New England’s electric grid operator opened its doors to public participation — and got a dressing down
Hank Webster, Senior Policy Advocate & Rhode Island Director, quoted in The Boston Globe
How to save money and protect New England from rolling blackouts, according to Acadia
Melissa Birchard, Director: Clean Energy & Grid Transition and Amy Boyd, Vice President, quoted by Mass Live
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