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

Harmonizing the Commonwealth’s Approach to Solar

By Cynthia A. Arcate 7 July, 2014
PowerOptions urges the passage of House Bill 4185, An Act Relative to Net Metering and Solar Power, which will uncap solar net metering and create new opportunities for renewable energy and jobs in Massachusetts. This legislation, if passed, would provide benefits for consumers, the solar development community, the environment, and even utilities. This legislation replaces a bill proposed earlier in the year and supported by utilities to eliminate the net metering credit and solar renewable credits (SREC) regimes in the

What’s Really Behind the Utility Industry Solar Proposal?

By Cynthia A. Arcate 4 March, 2014
In a post here last week, we detailed why the utility industry’s proposed legislation mandating utility long-term solar energy contract procurement in place of the current competitive customer driven market won’t work. What we didn’t get to then was why the industry proposed it in the first place. It’s clear from the utility’s explanation supporting their proposal that their focus isn’t the overall consumer cost of solar but the allocation of costs avoided by customers who are contracting for solar

Utility Proposal for Solar Procurement Won’t Work

By Cynthia A. Arcate 20 February, 2014
Recently, the two largest utilities in Massachusetts – Northeast Utilities and National Grid – have become very vocal about the risk of increased costs for consumers from the well-established and successful solar program enacted by the Legislature and administered by the Patrick Administration. As a consequence of their newly found concern for the ratepayer, the utilities have proposed that the entire solar development regime in the state be replaced with a utility procurement long term contract model, eliminating financial incentives