Energy Storage: Charging Ahead

By Cynthia A. Arcate and Sean Burke 6 October, 2016
Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its long-anticipated report on energy storage, State of Charge. The report forecasts a promising future for the emerging technology, predicting up to 600 megawatts installed in Massachusetts alone by 2025 that could potentially result in $800 million in system benefits to customers. This report sets the stage for next year’s legislative and regulatory session, where rapid storage adoption will surely be on the agenda. It’s been known for some time that

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

Start with common ground in both versions of the energy bill

By Cynthia A. Arcate 9 July, 2012
With the clock ticking away on this legislative session, Massachusetts is again on the verge of passing important legislation which will have a definite impact on the energy marketplace in the Commonwealth. Last week in this space, we called to your attention a proposed amendment to the House of Representatives energy bill which stood to benefit cities, towns and state entities by streamlining the procurement process for renewable energy projects. We are pleased to report that this amendment, supported by

The Green Communities Act Wreaks Havoc on Utility Rate Structure

By Cynthia A. Arcate 11 November, 2011
Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy held a hearing yesterday on the effectiveness of the Green Communities Act (GCA). I was among those who testified, including Attorney General Coakley, officials from DOER, the Patrick Administration, utilities, business groups and others. From my perspective, there are many things that have worked well in the GCA, although I share the concerns of others about the cost, the impact on competition and the overall effectiveness in reducing greenhouse gases. I’ve shared