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It’s Cold. Here’s What Happens to Electric Cars in Winter.

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

With winter in full swing, let’s talk about the change in range for electric car drivers. It’s no secret that cold temperatures reduce the range of a vehicle, whether electric or gas-powered. Recently, we hosted two webinars on the topic – one focused on winter driving in general and one focused on winter road trips. What better way to spend time indoors in the freezing cold today than catch up on the recordings?

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Massachusetts Residents: Take Action for Clean Cars!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 07:00 AM

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently filed the regulations needed to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) regulations. As we’ve written before, these regulations are crucial for Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. Now, there’s a chance for YOU to support these key rules, either by testifying in person before DEP on January 30 or submitting written comments by February 9. Here’s all you need to know to act.

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

$400 Million For Electric Car Charging in Massachusetts!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, January 12, 2023 @ 06:45 PM

Way back in the summer of 2021, the electric utilities in Massachusetts – Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil – proposed bold new electric vehicle programs to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). For the next year, the DPU engaged in a formal process to weigh the utilities’ proposals. Green Energy Consumers served as an official “intervenor” in this docket, which means we advocated for what we thought the DPU should approve. Now, finally, a year and a half later, the DPU has issued its order, unleashing hundreds of millions of dollars for electric vehicle charging infrastructure over the next four years via Make Ready programs and rebates for charging installation (those are two separate but complementary things, as we’ll talk about below!).

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Lifecycle Emissions of Electric Cars vs. Gasoline

Posted by Kelly Shin on Thursday, January 05, 2023 @ 09:40 AM

 

When we talk about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), we get a lot of questions about the lifetime greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of EVs vs internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. Electric cars don’t have tailpipe emissions when running on electricity, but battery manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. So how does the math work out? According to this report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), EVs have far fewer global warming emissions over their lifetime than ICE cars.  Inthis blog, we'll break down the research from UCS and explain how EVs are cleaner and produce less total GHG emissions.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

New Year, New Federal Tax Credit for Electric Cars

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, January 04, 2023 @ 05:07 PM

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Rhode Island’s 2022 Climate Plan Falls Short

Posted by Amanda Barker on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 @ 05:49 PM

On December 15th, Rhode Island's Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) approved the final draft of the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan. Green Energy Consumers, unfortunately, found the Plan lacking in several ways, which we will detail in this blog.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island, Climate change

Two states & their Decarbonization challenges

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 @ 11:31 AM

Rhode Island and Massachusetts both have mandates to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels: 50% for Massachusetts and 45% for Rhode Island. Let’s take a look at the approaches they’re taking in the building sector, specifically – what they have in common, what’s different, and what might work.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Energy efficiency, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Yet Another Update on the Federal Clean Vehicle Credit

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 04:18 PM

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) signed into law by President Biden in August 2022 fundamentally changed the structure of the federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs). Now, we’ve learned that the U.S. Treasury is delaying implementation of one key piece of the IRA, which means more vehicle models than expected may be eligible for incentives for a short time at the beginning of 2023. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Rhode Island Can & Must Phase Out Gas Cars

Posted by Anna Vanderspek and Amanda Barker on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 10:58 AM

Rhode Island has led the nation in the electric sector, with the first offshore wind farm in the country off of Block Island and the groundbreaking law to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2033. Unfortunately, concerning the transportation sector, the state is lagging behind several states. This year, we are advocating for Rhode Island to adopt a key set of regulations coming out of California: the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) standards. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Rhode Island, Phasing out fossil fuels

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