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To the Editor:

Acadia Center, a nonprofit organization that researches and advocates innovative approaches to advance the clean energy future, has released “UtilityVision: Reforming the Energy System to Work for Consumers and the Environment.” The publication presents an ambitious but realistic energy future that puts the consumer firmly in the center.

The report outlines the specific steps needed to create a new energy system that both meets our needs and supports a fair, healthy economy and environment.

The interests of consumers and a sustainable energy system are merged now more than ever before. This report offers a comprehensive pathway to a smart and dynamic electric system focused on giving consumers and communities greater freedom and control over their energy costs. This new system would be managed with the cooperation of utilities, governed by updated regulations that honor energy technology change and provide a fair and safe system to protect consumers.

The need for a comprehensive, new look at the energy system is urgent. Decisions are being made today in state proceedings that will influence whether we steer towards a cleaner, more efficient and consumer friendly system. The report shows how we can embrace that future.

UtilityVision is a comprehensive regulatory framework which shows how the parts of a modern energy system can be aligned to put the consumer at the system’s center. This integrated vision enables us to attain our climate, economic and consumer goals. UtilityVision is organized around five key areas for reform, including empowering consumers, planning a consumer-focused power grid, aligning incentives for utilities with environmental goals, helping consumers afford energy and paying consumers for power they produce.

“UtilityVision,” charts out reforms in four interconnected areas to produce a cleaner, lower cost energy system and reach the necessary 80 percent carbon emission reductions by 2050 through innovation and collaboration.

Daniel Sosland

Acadia Center President

Rockport

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