Testimony of PowerOptions CEO Cynthia Arcate to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, May 12, 2015

By Cynthia A. Arcate 13 May, 2015
Good Afternoon Chairman Downing, Chairman Golden, members of the Committee.  My name is Cynthia Arcate. I am the President and CEO of PowerOptions. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with my views on the state of energy in the Commonwealth. I have about 30 years of experience in the energy industry, in both the private and public sector, as a lawyer and as an executive. PowerOptions is a non-profit energy buying consortium, representing the interests of about 500

No More Excuses

By Cynthia A. Arcate 26 January, 2015
The latest development in the never-ending debate on whether and how to increase natural gas capacity into New England is a low demand analysis from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). This analysis was conducted at the direction of then-Governor Deval Patrick to determine whether new natural gas pipeline infrastructure is needed in the Commonwealth. The study, released December 23, utilizes current forecasts of natural gas and electric power under a range of scenarios, taking into consideration environmental, reliability

Nukes No Panacea for Global Warming

By Cynthia A. Arcate 3 December, 2013
Increasingly some leaders in the environmental community are extolling the benefits of nuclear power to address the challenge of reducing green house gases and the effects on climate change. Just last week at the WADE conference (World Alliance for Decentralized Energy), the head of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a national climate organization, lamented the closing of Vermont Yankee. This line of thinking is particularly bizarre – and that’s coming from someone like me who started her career

Coal Power is Not Dead

By Cynthia A. Arcate 9 October, 2012
The sale of two coal-burning mainstays of Massachusetts’ power generation fleet has rightly contributed to the concerns about the growing use and cost of natural gas and the state’s role as a beacon for encouraging clean energy. Predictably, environmentalists lauded the sale of Brayton Point Station in Somerset and the Salem Harbor Station as the end of coal use in New England. Such talk of coal’s complete demise is unfortunate and potentially damaging to the stability of the region’s energy