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Massachusetts has long been a national leader in efforts to capture clean energy economic development opportunities, enhance energy security, and reduce emissions. The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation is an important part of this leadership in combatting climate change. RPS policies are the foundation for clean energy markets and a proven policy tool to support successful, cost-effective renewable energy development at the state level. An RPS is a market-based mechanism that creates demand for clean energy, which can be met by a variety of cost-effective resources.

On May 1, 2017, ISO-NE released CELT 2017, its latest forecast for electricity demand in New England. As the independent system operator, ISO-NE is responsible for coordinating electric generation and sales in New England and for ensuring the reliable operation of the region’s electric grid.

The District of Columbia’s aggressive support of distributed energy resources includes a 2016 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement that 50 percent of retail electricity sales come from renewable energy by 2032, with 5 percent coming from solar. While the District’s solar capacity has grown quickly in recent years, existing capacity falls short of its current targets.

Today’s electric system looks remarkably different than it looked 10—or even five—years ago. Coal generation is retiring at an unprecedented rate and being replaced by natural gas and renewables. The United States’ wind, solar, and geothermal electric generating capacity now exceeds capacities from hydroelectric and nuclear resources. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are at their lowest levels since the early 1990s, and both total generation and electric sales have remained essentially unchanged for 10 years.

Clean Energy for New York: Replacement Energy and Capacity Resources for the Indian Point Energy Center Under New York Clean Energy Standard (CES)

Synapse's Pat Knight was featured yesterday on WNPR's Next with John Dankosky. His interview, part of the Power Up segment, focused on our recently released report on natural gas. Listen here: https://nenc.news/podcast/episode-29-taking-leap/

Report: New England's Shrinking Need for Natural Gas

On February 6, 2017 Synapse released a report onNew England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas. ” This report examines the need for, and the cost of, the Access Northeast (ANE) natural gas pipeline.

Synapse celebrated the new year by welcoming two new staff members. We're thrilled to have them on the team.

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On January 5, 2017, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the 2017 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). The final AEO 2017 contains projections of energy use from the electric power, residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors through 2050 for the first time in AEO’s history. Publishing a new release just four months after the final AEO 2016, EIA has changed the way it produces its annual projections.

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) released historically stringent regulations to combat climate change.

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