Study on Climate Action and Public Utility Commissions in New England States

Brown University
Project Ongoing

Brown University’s Climate and Development Lab,, and Synapse Energy Economics are partnering to conduct a study on climate action and public utilities in each of the New England states. The purpose of the study is to compile the climate actions of the New England utilities, the regulatory structures that the public utility commissions (PUCs) have in place to mitigate climate change and the opportunities and challenges for implementing lasting climate solutions.

The team is conducting stakeholder workshops in 2022 in each state to inform a final report that identifies policies and other barriers to climate progress in New England. The team will facilitate conversations amongst stakeholders around opportunities and challenges associated with advancing climate action in New England to advance new and innovative recommendations. The background report below summarizes research about best practices, barriers, and opportunities across New England states and supports the workshops. All handouts and notes from workshops are available at The final report, to be released in late 2022, will include a list of recommendations for addressing barriers and creating equitable and just progress on climate action.