Energy and Global Climate Change in New England
Mitigation Efforts: New England States
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Where does New England's Electricity Come From?
New England gets its electricity from a range of sources including coal, nuclear, natural gas and oil. Given the predominance of natural gas as a fuel, New England's electricity supply is one of the nation's cleanest. However, this dependence has resulted in higher-than-average electricity prices, potential natural gas shortages, and several proposals for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminals.
What collective efforts are underway in New England to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions?W
Since greenhouse gases do not recognize borders, regional efforts to address climate change are critical. In New England, collaborations among the states, as well as with other Northeast states and Canadian provinces are central to climate change and clean energy programs. Through the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference, states and provinces have addressed energy, trade, transportation, security, and specific environment topics.
New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers - The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) developed the regional Climate Change Action Plan, with a goal of achieving 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2010 and 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or "Reggie") - RGGI is an effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through a cap and trade program.
The Climate Registry - The Climate Registry is a multi-state and tribe collaboration aimed at developing and managing a common greenhouse gas emissions reporting system with high integrity that is capable of supporting various GHG emissions reporting and reduction policies for its member states and tribes and reporting entities.
NESCAUM - NESCAUM is a nonprofit association of air quality agencies in the Northeast. NESCAUM's Climate and Energy Team supports the northeast states in their individual and regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve energy efficiency, and implement clean and renewable energy technologies. NESCAUM's efforts include a variety of activities to support states in meeting their climate and energy goals, such as technical assistance, policy analysis, and strategic communications and outreach.
New England Wind Projects - This page shows wind projects in New England that are operating, permitted or under construction, planned, historical, or offshore initiatives. You can also see which projects are windfarms, community-scale, customer-sited, and small wind. Use the table below to jump to a list of projects or use the clickable map to read about individual projects.
EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Helps states develop policies and programs that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy costs, improve air quality and public health, and help achieve economic development goals. EPA provides states with and advises them on proven, cost-effective best practices, peer exchange opportunities, and analytical tools. EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program helps local governments meet sustainability goals with cost-effective climate change and clean energy strategies. Local governments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve multiple community goals such as reducing air pollutants, lowering energy costs, supporting local economic development, and improving public health, quality of life, and the reliability and security of their energy system.
- The State of Connecticut's climate change site
- 2007 climate change report on the Connecticut's efforts to reduce GHG emissions
- Connecticut's Greenhouse Gas emissions mitigation efforts
- Connecticut's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Connecticut
- Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control
- Connecticut Clean Energy Options
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Energy Management Unit
- Energy Conservation Management Board
- Clean Energy Fund
- The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern CT State University
- Maine Greenhouse Gas Initiative
- Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Maine
- Efficiency Maine
- Maine Public Utility Commission
- Maine State Planning Office
- UMAINE Climate Change Institute
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's climate change site
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Air, Water and Climate site
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Energy, Utilities & Clean Technologies site
- Massachusetts's Greenhouse Gas emissions mitigation efforts
- Massachusetts's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
- Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust
- The State of New Hampshire's climate change site
- The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan: A Plan for New Hampshire's Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Future (PDF) (82 pp, 6.7 MB)
- New Hampshire's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
- New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
- New Hampshire Saves
- Clean Air Cool Planet
- University of New Hampshire Energy Task Force
- The State of Rhode Island's climate change site
- Climate Change and Rhode Island Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 90 K)
Rising energy costs and solutions to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
- Global Warming in Rhode Island: Warning Signs, Winning Solutions Publication (PDF) (24 pp, 649 K)
- Rhode Island's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Rhode Island
- Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Renewable Energy Fund
- Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
- Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
- Rhode Island Coastal Zone Maangement (PDF) (22 pp, 1.7 MB)
- University of Rhode Island
- The State of Vermont's climate change site
- Vermont's Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Incentive Programs for Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Vermont
- Efficiency Vermont
- Vermont Public Service
- Vermont Governor's Commission on Climate Change