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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 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

Better Battery Technology - the Tipping Point for EV Adoption?

Posted by Mal Skowron on Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 03:57 PM

The 21st century brought us faster processing speeds and smaller processors, spurring a glut of electronic devices. Many of these products are battery-powered and portable, like cell phones, laptops, e-readers, and smart watches, all sporting a longer battery life with each new generation of devices. So where do electric cars fit into our increasingly electrified world, and how much does battery technology need to improve so that they become the new norm?

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

The New England Wind Fund: a fossil fuel killer

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:05 AM

About twenty years ago, our non-profit organization stepped into the voluntary green power market, hoping to speed up the pace of wind & solar development. A lot has changed for the better since then, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Our programs

Cutting carbon out of your daily commute

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 03:41 PM

With the transportation sector contributing 39.7% of state carbon dioxide emissions in Rhode Island and 49.4% in Massachusetts, we find the topic of transportation emissions especially urgent. Getting places requires energy, right? But some ways are less carbon intensive than others. We at Green Energy Consumers wanted to share the ways in which we all commute to work. And we would like to emphasize one thing above all else - it's essential that public transportation be given more support by all of us - politicians, taxpayers, those who use use public transit, and those who do not. When buses and subways work well, we all benefit.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Why I Switched to an Electric Vehicle

Posted by Joel Gates, Guest Blogger on Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 04:49 PM


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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

More Affordable Heat Pumps

Posted by Loie Hayes on Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 04:51 PM

With our long, cold winters, we New Englanders face a stiff challenge to reduce our carbon footprint and still heat our homes. One tool that will be crucial to meeting this challenge is the heat pump. For many homes, they are already cost-effective. For others, that day is coming.

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"Charging Ahead" Webinar Overview

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

On March 14, 2019, Green Energy Consumers held a webinar about upcoming initiatives, programs, and policies related to electric vehicle (EV) charging in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you weren't able to make it, or you attended and want a review, I've highlighted the key points in this blog post. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Paying for climate change adaptation doesn’t require short-changing investments in energy efficiency

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 01:10 PM

Proposals to fund resilience and adaptation were floated as part of Governor Baker’s FY20 Budget. One approach would modify the real estate transfer tax. The other approach would expand to adaptation and resiliency the use of dollars currently dedicated for energy efficiency (mitigation) in Massachusetts. When it comes to combating climate change, investments in adaptation/resilience and mitigation should complement, rather than compete against each other.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy

Want a Chevy Bolt or Volt? Get it before April 1st.

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 01:26 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a federal tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 per new electric vehicle (EV) purchased in the United States. Right now, both the Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Bolt qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. However, as of April 1st, the credit will be cut to $3,750 as the tax credit phases out for General Motors vehicles. If you want a Bolt or a Volt, we highly recommend you get it before April 1st to take full advantage of this incentive.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation