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Going Live for Climate this #GivingTuesday

Posted by Erin Taylor on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 09:18 AM

Don't miss Green Energy Consumers staff have been posting videos all week leading up to Giving Tuesday (November 30th)! Videos on important climate news and solutions will be posted on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and on greenenergyconsumers.org/donate all week.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Energy efficiency, Green municipal aggregation, Our programs, Climate change

Moving from Massachusetts to Colorado in an Electric Car

Posted by Xavier Pereira on Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 01:30 PM

This summer I moved from Massachusetts to Colorado and decided I was going to make the move in its entirety with just my electric vehicle (EV). I’ve had a 2019 Chevy Bolt for two years now and this was the longest trip I had ever done with it. It was a new experience for me, visiting places I had never been before, and it put the feasibility for long-distance road trips with an EV to the test. Acknowledging the gaps in public knowledge surrounding the logistics of driving an EV, never mind a 1,900 mile road trip, it was evident that sharing this experience could be useful to others. So here we go! 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

The Transportation Climate Initiative is on life support. Do states have better ideas for reducing transportation emissions?

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 08:47 PM

Earlier this week, we learned that Connecticut Governor Lamont withdrew his support for the regional Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). When that news hit, we knew it was going to put pressure on the governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to follow suit. On Thursday, a spokesman for Governor Charlie Baker said that Massachusetts will not move forward with TCI because there is no longer a multi-state commitment. We haven’t yet heard from Rhode Island Governor McKee, but we anticipate a similar statement.   

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

The Public Gets It: We Have to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 09:03 AM

There’s so much climate-related news right now that it’s hard to keep up: from the negotiations in Glasgow to the details of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the still-to-be-determined future of the Build Back Better Act. But here’s one piece of good news you don’t want to miss: a recent poll demonstrates that the public gets it. We have to phase out gas-powered cars.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Gasoline prices are spiking. Electric vehicle drivers are saving.

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 05:48 PM

It’s all over the news: gas prices have hit a seven-year high. Depending on your political beliefs, you might blame inflation or the president. But the largest factor driving petroleum prices is simply supply and demand. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Act On Climate was a big step for RI. Now let’s work quickly to implement it

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, November 05, 2021 @ 03:15 PM

You may be reading more about climate policy in the news because of COP26, the global conference in Glasgow to address the climate crisis hosted by the United Nations. This work is important for the sake of international cooperation and because climate change is a global issue. However, work on the international scale doesn’t replace the need for strong leadership on the local and state level to enact policies that align with the vision of COP26, as I recently argued in the Boston Globe alongside our allies at The Nature Conservancy. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

Put on a Sweater and Unplug the Second Fridge – Energy this Winter is Going to Be Expensive

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, October 18, 2021 @ 05:58 PM

Oil and natural gas prices are on the rise globally in a big way and that means electricity and heating fuel rates will go up too.  When you add it all up, this is going to be an expensive winter. 

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Tags: Electricity and the grid, Home heating

Your chance to influence RI's EV charging plan

Posted by Mal Skowron on Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 03:34 PM

A bill passed in June 2021 requires the state of Rhode Island to develop a plan to improve statewide access to electric vehicle (EV) charging by January 1, 2022. The state has initiated a stakeholder engagement process to solicit feedback from organizations and individuals about what the plan should look like.

If you’re an EV driver (or if you’d like to drive an EV, but lack of charging infrastructure is holding you back), you’re an expert on this topic. We encourage you to share your experience with the public charging network and what ideas you have to improve charging infrastructure in RI at an upcoming public session. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Rhode Island

Say Yes at the DPU part Two: A Modern Grid and Smart Meters for Massachusetts

Posted by Kai Salem on Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 07:58 PM

Updated October 8th. Recently, we posted a blog about the proposals by Massachusetts’ investor-owned utility companies (Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil) to expand their electric vehicle (EV) programs through 2025. Alongside the proposals for what the utility companies can do to support EVs, the utilities have filed their second round of Grid Modernization Plans (GMPs), continuing the work begun in grid modernization filings in 2018. This time, the filings include plans for the statewide roll out of smart meters. In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will deliberate over the utilities’ Grid Modernization Plans and Advanced Meter Implementation Plans.  

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electricity and the grid, Energy efficiency

Massachusetts needs more EV charging. Electric utilities have a plan.

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 10:47 AM

Updated October 8th. More electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is on the horizon in Massachusetts. The investor-owned utility companies (Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil) recently submitted proposals to expand their EV programs through 2025.

In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the public agency responsible for utility oversight, will review the ideas and decide whether the proposals will be executed as is or with modifications.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation