Here we are in the second Covid winter.  It feels trite to wish you a happy new year. Let’s survive. And may we thrive and learn and grow as we face a relentless series of enormous challenges. Personal and social. Technical and economic. Injustice. Climate change. The virus. 

This last trip around the sun marked 25 years for Synapse Energy Economics. Jeannie and I were, obviously, children back in 1996 (see photo for proof). 

Building decarbonization—particularly through widespread adoption of heat pumps for space and water heating—is now a central strategy for New York State to meet its climate targets. The installation of heat pumps can cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, but the timing of system replacements is crucial.

This Fall, Climable and Synapse partnered to form the Internship Program for Energy Justice. The program aims to diversify the energy analysis field through mentorship, relationship building, and exposure to regulatory, utility, and energy processes.

We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural participants of this program: Leo Acevedo and Pooja Kandukuri. Read more about their backgrounds and interests below!

In recent years, several Midwestern states have adopted or proposed policies with negative impacts on state energy efficiency programs. Through regulatory orders and legislative actions, some states are restricting energy efficiency programs by:

This summer, on the heels of the upswell of state energy and environmental justice policies passed over the last two years, the Biden Administration launched the Justice40 Initiative, a promising program aimed to improve environmental justice. According to the White House press release, Justice40 promises “to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.”

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As more and more governments and corporations commit to a zero-carbon future, the need for large amounts of renewable energy installations over the coming decades increases. In densely populated New England, there is limited space for large-scale installations of solar panels.

This has sparked discussion and debate about the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions tradeoff between installing solar panels and maintaining current land-use practices. To investigate the issue further, Synapse set out to answer the following questions within New England:

Synapse recently tackled an interesting challenge while analyzing a community solar program and its alternatives on behalf of the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers: Where do jobs and other macroeconomic impacts fit into a good benefit-cost analysis (BCA)?

I recently had the opportunity to join a technical conference panel about electrification at FERC, where we primarily addressed the market and grid implications of building and transportation electrification.

In my pre-panel comments to FERC, I did not have a chance to address an important aspect of building decarbonization: the on-site carbon emissions vary a lot between buildings.

As local and state governments begin to make commitments toward a clean energy transition, it is vital that these entities establish detailed, data-driven plans to achieve their emissions reductions and other goals.


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