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Our Comments on the Massachusetts Municipal Aggregation Manual & Best Practices Guide

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, December 06, 2022 @ 01:19 PM

On November 15, the Mass. Department of Energy Resources published a revised Municipal Aggregation Manual & Best Practices Guide and asked for public comments by December 7. For information, visit here.

The following are our comments.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Green municipal aggregation

Our Review of the Massachusetts Clean Heat Commission Report

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, December 05, 2022 @ 07:21 PM

On November 30, the Massachusetts Clean Heat Commission released its long-awaited report with recommendations for “strategies and policies to achieve deep emissions reductions from heating fuels in the state.” We’ve been waiting for this report for a long time (see our open letter to the Commission from January 2022 here), but it’s important to note that the report does not set policy itself.  We expect the report to be well-read by Governor-Elect Maura Healey and the legislature – the ultimate deciders for what happens now.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Climate change

Seriously, hydrogen is not for heating homes & businesses

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 09:14 AM

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog explaining why renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen should not be mixed in with natural gas (methane) and sent through pipes to heat buildings. That blog focused on RNG – how there’s not enough to go around, that we don’t really know how much it will cost, and that getting to net-zero carbon emissions means phasing out combustion in all its forms. This blog will focus on the other fuel some stakeholders are pushing: hydrogen.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Home heating

Guest Blogpost: The Magic School Bus

Posted by Cindy Davis on Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 11:01 AM

A note from Green Energy Consumers Alliance: We are big fans of electric school buses. You might've read our recent blogpost about the electric school buses coming to Massachusetts and Rhode Island thanks to new grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today, we're excited to share a guest blogpost from Block Island about their new electric school bus, which was donated by the Solar Initiative (not funded by the EPA). Many thanks to Cindy Davis of the Solar Initiative for this post!

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

New Electric School Buses Coming to Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Posted by Malia Ching on Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 10:26 AM

Earlier this summer, we wrote about applications being open for the Clean School Bus Program. Now, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced who got awarded – and school districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are on the list!

GECA staff and partners with an electric school bus in Beverly, MA.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Rhode Island, Climate change

Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Rebate Increased to $3,500

Posted by Devan DiLibero & Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 @ 12:30 PM

The Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles Program (MOR-EV Program) has increased electric vehicle rebates from $2,500 to $3,500 for battery electric vehicles. This is the first of several changes to the state rebate program that will help make the car buying/leasing process more manageable for Massachusetts residents. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Another Data Point in Favor of Municipal Aggregation: Eversource Rate Hike

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, November 21, 2022 @ 05:58 PM

Late on Friday afternoon, November 18, Eversource filed its Basic Service power supply rate (excluding delivery rates) for its eastern Massachusetts territory for the period of January 1 through June 30, 2023, with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). That supply rate came in at 26 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), up from 15.8 cents/kWh for the same period in 2022 and 11.8 cents/kWh in 2021.

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Tags: Electricity and the grid, Home heating, Green municipal aggregation

A Buyers’ Guide to EV Charging Speeds

Posted by Kelly Shin and Mal Skowron on Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 01:03 PM

If you’re shopping for a new electric vehicle (EV), there may be several key features you’re looking for: trunk space, driving range, and other attractive styling options that may sway your decision for you.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Renewable Natural Gas & Hydrogen are NOT the Answers to Home Heating

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 @ 08:51 AM

If you haven’t seen it yet, you will. Gas utilities everywhere are putting out propaganda that they can decarbonize the gas that flows through our pipes to heat our homes and businesses. National Grid, one of the major utilities in Massachusetts and New York, has produced a document with its vision of a clean energy future. If you read through the paper carefully, you will see how important it is to the gas utility to mix Renewable Energy Gas (RNG) and hydrogen with natural gas (fracked methane). Whether it’s in the public interest is a different question.

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Tags: Electricity and the grid, Home heating

Take Action On Rhode Island’s 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

Posted by Amanda Barker on Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 04:14 PM

Rhode Island’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4)needs your input on their draft chapters of the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan: Priority Actions within the Electric, Transportation, and Thermal Sectors. Comments are due by December 2nd. You can access the draft chapters here.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Climate change, Action Alert