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Synapse recently assisted Michigan’s Public Service Commission and State Energy Office in evaluating the economics of the state’s energy efficiency programs by surveying cost-effectiveness screening practices in Michigan and in eight other states: Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Synapse’s Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton testifies on the expansion of the Vermont Gas Network

Atrazine, the chemical weed killer used on tens of millions of acres of corn in the U.S., is hazardous to our health and to the environment. Evidence suggests that exposure to atrazine damages men and women’s reproductive health, weakens immune systems in wildlife, and may contribute to the risk of cancer. So what’s the tradeoff? In 2011, five papers sponsored by Syngenta, a European company that produces atrazine, claimed that the potent, low-cost herbicide has huge economic benefits.

Benefits of Reducing New England Energy Use Include Lower Energy Prices and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Addition to Energy Cost Savings

There is almost one gigawatt of energy-saving distributed generation (DG) resources installed across New England, Synapse found in a report prepared for the E4 Group—and state policies, together with falling technology costs, could lead to the installation of nearly two more gigawatts by 2021.

Last week, President Obama announced his plan to reduce carbon pollution in the United States, tasking the EPA with creating a strategy to set limits on carbon emissions from power plants by June 2014. A number of opponents of the measure claimed that any such strategy would cost the country jobs; however, Synapse recently examined the broad economic impacts of a similar carbon emissions standard proposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and found this plan would result in a net increase in jobs.
 

Preliminary data for 2012 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate that, for the first time, more wind generating capacity was brought online than any other resource type to meet the nation’s electricity needs. Net wind capacity additions totaled 10,043 megawatts (MW) in 2012, while net natural gas capacity additions totaled 7,206 MW. The EIA data also indicate that:

According to a new Synapse study, produced on behalf of the Civil Society Institute, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has grossly misrepresented the costs and impacts of renewable energy. 
 

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