The Energy Consumer's Bulletin- a New England energy news blog

Katy Kidwell

Marketing & Program Coordinator at Mass Energy.

Recent Posts

Webinar Recording: “New Perspectives on RGGI and the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act”

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Monday, June 06, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

On June 2nd, our Executive Director, Larry Chretien, and Pat Knight (Synapse Energy Economics) spoke on a webinar about increasing RGGI reductions and the recent SJC ruling in favor of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). This webinar was presented as part of Synapse's Spring Webinar Series on trending topics in the electricity sector.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Climate change

They knocked on my door! The competitive electricity supplier conundrum

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Saturday, June 04, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Have you recently received salespeople at your door or offers in the mail from competitive electricity suppliers? They lay the pitch on thick with too-good-to be true rates and feel-good energy mixes. It may seem hard to poke holes in the pitch, but under the smiling surface, many of these suppliers use smoke and mirror marketing to get their foot in the door and your signature on a contract.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Electricity and the grid, Our programs

Top 10 Real Life Energy Saving Tips

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

On Earth Day 2014 we compiled a list of 10 energy saving tips from Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light members. We wanted to repost these amazing tips because now more than ever we know that energy efficiency is one of the most important and cost effective things you can do to reduce green house gas emissions.

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Tags: Energy efficiency, Our programs

Why Buying New England Class I RECs is the Only Way to Make the Switch

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Wednesday, December 09, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

The average home uses electricity all day long and most of us don’t even think about it. You may have heard that you can use your energy dollar to demand 100% clean renewable electricity instead of your utility’s dirty resource mix. Programs aimed at helping you green up the grid are numerous in this country, but many don’t deliver the intended results. However, in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, there is one way to ensure that your green power payments are making a difference:  by purchasing Class I or “new” Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

The subject matter in this blog is still relevant in 2019, but for a more current blog on the same topic, click here.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Our programs

Does Your Renewable Energy Purchase Actually Displace Fossil Fuels?

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Friday, April 03, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

Mass Energy and PP&L source a very specific type of renewable energy to ensure the greatest impact per dollar that our members spend. Not only do we want our members to buy renewable energy, we want their purchase to displace electricity generated by fossil fuels. Don't get fooled by green power suppliers who greenwash New England consumers.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Our programs

NOW is the time to set up your heating oil budget plan

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Is there such thing as peace of mind when it comes to heating oil bills? A budget plan may be the answer. Signing up for a budget plan through your oil dealer is a good way to spread out your oil bill into 10 to 12 monthly payments, making oil bills more like a regular utility. Your cost is fairly even and there are no surprise huge oil bills that sneak up on you. It also helps dealers plan, reduce their costs and become more efficient.

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Tags: Home heating

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips From Our Members

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Saving Energy

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate this year, we compiled a list of 10 energy saving tips from Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light members. We’ve chosen to focus on energy efficiency because it is one of the most important things you can do to fight climate change and preserve the planet.

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Tags: Energy efficiency, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Earth Day Special: Real-Life Energy-Saving Tips

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Earth Day is Near! 

As a non-profit committed to making energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable, we’re positive that energy efficiency is a home run. That’s why we are using Earth Day 2014 to get the word out about how our members are saving energy—and how you can too!

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Tags: Energy efficiency

Mothers Out Front: A Force Against Climate Change

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 05:07 PM

If you haven’t heard about Mothers Out Front (MOF), it was only a matter of time. Mothers Out Front is a local non-profit organization gathering hundreds of parents in numerous communities to confront climate change. Motivated by the love of their children, grandchildren, and their commitment to protect them, MOF is working hard to convey the dangers climate change poses for future generations and the necessity of switching to clean energy. 

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Tags: Massachusetts, Climate change

Boston Receives Top Rank for Energy Efficiency

Posted by Katy Kidwell on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Boston Is At The Top!

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a report that ranks 34 of the most populous U.S. cities on policies to advance energy efficiency. Boston took top honors doing the most to save energy! Other top-scoring cities include Portland, Oregon, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Energy efficiency