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RI Action Alert: Ask your Legislators to Support the Building Decarbonization Act!

There are weeks not months left in Rhode Island’s 2024 legislative session, which means we must act urgently to pass crucial legislation for climate. 

This year, our top priority is the Building Decarbonization Act (H7617/S2952), as Rhode Island is not currently on track to achieve the emissions reductions required by the Act on Climate, and that is especially true in the building sector which makes up over a third of the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Looking Back on QARI Drives Green

Way back in July 2022, we published a blog announcing QARI Drives Green, our two-year partnership with Quincy Asian Resources, Inc, better known as QARI. Our partnership was funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center through its Accelerating Clean Transportation For All (ACT4All) program. Now, nearly two years later, that particular grant has run its course, so it’s time to celebrate what we’ve achieved and look to what’s next!

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New Electric Vehicles Qualify for Federal Tax Credit

As spring 2024 unfolds, we have some good news: more vehicle models are now eligible for the federal tax credit than when the list changed on January 1. The U.S. Department of Energy recently released a new list of EVs that receive between $3,750 and $7,500 in federal tax credit. And with the updates in the IRS guidelines for 2024, this credit can now be taken at point of sale, so the savings are instantaneous at IRS-registered dealerships.

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New EPA Vehicle Standards & What They Mean for Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Recently, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final vehicle emissions regulations for vehicle model years 2027 through 2032. You’ve likely seen lots of headlines about this. As the New York Times put it, “in terms of lowering the emissions that are heating the planet, this regulation does more than any other climate rule issued by the federal government and more than any measure planned in the remainder of Mr. Biden’s first term." In this blog, we’ll cover what these regulations are, why they’re so important, and how they interact with electric vehicle (EV) policies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Good Climate Bills in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

On February 7th, Massachusetts State Representatives on the Telecommunications, Utility, and Energy Committee (TUE) led by Representative Roy, House Chair of the Committee, sent several climate and energy bills forward to the next step of the legislative process, the House Ways and Means Committee. It’s taken two months to fully update all the information on the website, but now that all the info is available, we’re excited to highlight nine great sections in the House climate bills.

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WBUR/The Boston Globe: These energy suppliers say they can save you money. Regulators say it’s a scam.

This blog is a repost of a story that was produced by a partnership of the Boston Globe and WBUR. Published March 28, 2024

Across Massachusetts, the complaints sound similar: A person discovers their electric bills have spiked, and when they look into it, they find that the company providing their electricity isn’t who they expected — instead of a utility like National Grid or Eversource, it’s a third-party provider they’ve never heard of.

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Coordinating Mass Save with the Clean Heat Standard is Essential

This year, Massachusetts government agencies are working on major aspects of building decarbonization in three different arenas: Mass Save, the “Future of Gas” proceeding, and the Clean Heat Standard. The Commonwealth must coordinate these efforts to find the optimum set of policy solutions. This blog outlines our view on how state agencies should be coordinating these processes.

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Green Wheels, Thrifty Deals: Navigating the Used Electric Vehicle Market with Green Wave and EcoAuto

In this blog, we delve into the distinctive features of dedicated used EV dealerships, shedding light on their crucial role in shaping the future of the automotive market. Green Wave Electric Vehicles and EcoAuto stand out as trailblazers in this shift towards a greener future: both dealerships are unique in that they only sell used EVs.

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