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Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar Recap

Posted by Mal Skowron and Devan DiLibero on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 04:57 PM

Thanks to everyone who attended our Electric Vehicles 101 webinar on August 21! In case you missed it, here a short recap of what we talked about and the answers to some popular questions.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Our programs

Planes, Trains, Cars, and Boats

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 06:00 PM

This week, I’m headed to a conference in the Big Apple to talk about how we need to electrify transportation and heating. I looked at my options for getting there. Flying was the quickest, but emitted the most. And inspired in large part by 16-year old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, I couldn’t choose a plane. I thought about taking my wind powered Chevy Bolt, but I didn’t want to drive through the city and Brooklyn doesn’t need another car. So I will be on Amtrak. Maybe I’ll get some work done while riding. There’s a good chance I will nap.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Talking about climate change helps fight climate change

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 04:05 PM

Here at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, we believe in practical ways for people to make green energy choices. You’re probably already aware that there are dozens of decisions you can make in your life to reduce your carbon footprint. But the carbon footprint of other people? As described in the news recently, it turns out that we can get others to act on climate by simply talking with them about it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Fast Charging - the Final Piece of the Charging Puzzle

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

Most drivers have probably had at least one experience in which they asked themselves, “Am I going to run out of gas?” Range anxiety, or the fear a car will run out of fuel before it reaches its destination, is not unique to electric cars. It is, however, a commonly-cited reason that drivers use to justify driving gasoline-powered cars when their electric counterparts are cheaper to own, better for the environment, and more fun to drive.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Hot Days Bring More Energy Demand, More Air Pollution, and More Harm to our Health

Posted by Paola Massoli, Kai Salem, and Mal Skowron on Monday, August 05, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

During periods of extreme heat, higher electricity demand is met with dirty, inefficient fossil fuel electricity generation. At the same time, heat exacerbates the effects of pollution because high temperatures and sunlight trigger chemical reactions that transform emissions from tailpipes and power generation into smog, creating unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone. The additional air pollution contributes to climate change and worsens local air quality. The health and environmental impacts of climate changing emissions are becoming more prevalent as extreme weather days occur more often.

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Tags: Climate change

Good things happen when you smart charge your electric car.

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 05:05 PM

It’s imperative that we all switch from internal combustion engines to electric cars for several compelling reasons. The most important is that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions enough to save the planet depends upon it. But what’s particularly exciting is: we can magnify the benefits of EVs by managing when we charge them.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Massachusetts' Electric Car Rebate is Winding Down

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons on Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

Earlier this week, officials from the Baker administration announced plans to extend Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) through September 2019 when, absent new funding, the program will come to an end. Eliminating this popular incentive now moves Massachusetts in the wrong direction and will make meeting our ZEV goals (300,000 EVs by 2025) that much more challenging. 

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

EV Charging 101

Posted by Mal Skowron on Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the role better battery technology could have in the proliferation of electric cars. Cheaper batteries will lower electric vehicle (EV) sticker prices while improving range.

But range isn’t the only figure that matters. If you believe that there is going to be a day where most vehicles are powered by electricity (like we do at Green Energy Consumers), then understanding charging is crucial to plan for this future and make sure our infrastructure can meet the demand. As more consumers consider buying an EV, understanding the basics of EV charging will help assuage “range anxiety” and make the transition smoother. So, what’s important to know about EV charging?

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Summer Is Coming: Time to Shave the Peak

Posted by Kai Salem on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Here in Boston and Providence, temperatures finally cracked 70 degrees. It’s true: summer is coming!

But with high summer temperatures comes high electricity demand. The bad news is that, between 5pm and 8pm on peak electricity demand days, the electrical grid operator turns on dirty, expensive power plants that sit unused the rest of the year. The good news is that you can help fight dirty energy on peak days by reducing your electricity usage during peak hours. Sign up for Shave the Peak alerts at greenenergyconsumers.org/shavethepeak so that you’ll know when to turn off your air conditioner, lights, and appliances.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Our programs

Carbon impacts of flying got you down?

Posted by Erin Taylor on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

For a couple decades now, we've offered consumers an easy way to have their electricity usage met by renewable energy. That's simple — just plug some wind and solar into the grid. But how about air travel? Although progress is being made on electric planes (you read that right), it will be a while before you get on a jet powered by batteries. But we need to mitigate the impacts of flying because those impacts are real, huge, and growing.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Our programs, Climate change