The final numbers are in, and the results are impressive. Final 2015 assessments indicate that both Massachusetts and Rhode Island surpassed their electric energy efficiency savings targets. Once again, these efficiency leaders push the perceived limits of efficiency programs—demonstrating that energy efficiency programs can achieve electricity savings above or near 3 percent of sales.

Today marks the release of Synapse’s Coal Asset Valuation Tool (CAVT) Version 6.0. We are thrilled to announce this latest version, which features key data updates and usability enhancements, including the latest AEO gas and coal prices, full updates to environmental control presets, and a smaller file size so users can run CAVT faster on any machine.

On September 15, 2016, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the final results of the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2016. AEO is a critical source of information for public interest stakeholders in the energy sector.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s recent Kain decision placed the Baker Administration on notice: The Commonwealth must establish regulations that will ensure the annual emission reductions needed to keep its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions below 70.8 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent. With only 52 months left to achieve this Global Warming Solutions Act target, Massachusetts will need quick action from its Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, along with strong collaboration from legislators, environmental advocates, utilities, and local governments.

Synapse Principal Economist Liz Stanton's OpEd on New England's clean energy leadership was recently featured in CommonWealth Magazine.

New England states once again find themselves in the vanguard of our national efforts to stop climate change. The region has long been a leader in driving forward progress in the clean energy economy:

Synapse is excited to present the first three episodes of Behind the Switch, a new podcast project produced in collaboration with Environment, Economics and Society Institute!

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) have been enacted in 29 states (and DC!), and each year approximately a half dozen of those states enact major revisions to their respective RPSs. Looking to tweak your RPS? Here are three suggestions for improving your policy:

On June 16, 2016, EPA released new information about the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a subsection of the Clean Power Plan. The CEIP is a program intended to incentivize early action before 2022 in renewables and energy efficiency, with priority given to low-income communities.

At a webinar last week, The Changing Face of Electric Resource Planning,” Dr. Jeremy Fisher and Patrick Luckow explored the changing functions of integrated resource plans across the United States. Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton and Dr. Ariel Horowitz moderated the webinar. Dr. Horowitz continues the conversation here with a post on the technical challenges of modeling new energy resources.

Synapse Principal Economist Liz Stanton's OpEd on natural gas pipelines was recently featured in CommonWealth Magazine.

Want to know how Massachusetts can lower electric bills while safeguarding the health of not just our own children but everyone else's children, too? By following our existing state and federal environmental laws and continuing to lead the nation by setting the standard for the clean energy economy.


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