Don’t forget benefits of green energy use
Peter Shattuck, director of market initiatives at Environment Northeast, responds to concerns about green energy costs
The August 8 CommonWealth Back Story, “Green energy costs raising concerns,” highlights costs of Massachusetts’ energy policy, but a thorough evaluation also requires consideration of the benefits to determine the net value of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for ratepayers.
Similar demand reductions are provided by solar installations, which typically produce energy on the hot summer days when it is needed most. Our entire electric system – from power plants to the transmission and distribution system – is overbuilt to supply electricity during a few dozen hours of peak demand. When solar power is used to help meet this demand on-site or locally, we can have a smaller, smarter, more cost-effective energy system. For this reason we look forward to the Patrick Administration’s solar analysis and the contribution it will make to understanding green energy benefits that must be considered in parallel with costs.