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

Larry Chretien

Executive Director of Mass Energy and People's Power & Light.

Recent Posts

Governor Baker - your climate bill veto was based on bad accounting

Posted by Larry Chretien on Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 05:35 PM

On January 14, Governor Baker pocket vetoed Senate Bill 2995, An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Climate PolicyThe bill was passed by the legislature too late in the session to override the veto.  The governor wrote a five-page letter of explanation that we did not find persuasive. Already, the bill has been refiled and we are optimistic that the bill will be passed again andif it is vetoed, the legislature will override.  

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts

Going Beyond 100% Green Power

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, January 04, 2021 @ 01:34 PM

As wind and solar projects proliferate and people acknowledge the benefits of renewable energy, more consumers are voluntarily choosing 100 percent green power. Some have done that through our Green Powered program and others through their city or town municipal aggregations (also known as community choice programs). If you are in that growing minority, we applaud you. But please consider going above and beyond 100%. This blog explains why and how easy it is to do.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Green municipal aggregation, Climate change

Larry went on the Energy Nerd Show to Talk about Smart Charging EVs

Posted by Larry Chretien on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

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, Climate change

Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts is Being Slowed Down by State Government: Consumers & The Environment Are Paying The Price

Posted by Larry Chretien on Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 03:30 PM

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, about 85% of the population is served by investor-owned electric utility distribution companies - Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. By law, their customers have three options for how they would get their electricity supply. The first option is to stick with the utility’s Basic Service. The second is to select, by yourself for just yourself, a “competitive power supplier”. And the third is to receive the supply service from a community’s municipal aggregation program.

Although municipal aggregation has proven itself to be the superior option for consumers both economically and environmentally, Massachusetts government, especially the Department of Public Utilities, has failed to support the model to the extent necessary to achieve important policy goals.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Green municipal aggregation

Hey Congress – please fix the federal tax credit for electric cars

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

By all accounts, the recession caused by COVID-19 is hammering the auto industry in the United States and worldwide. Many factories are closed and dealerships have laid off most of their employees. Not surprisingly, members of Congress from some states most affected – Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama – are working on ideas to stimulate demand for new cars. Details are scant but as reported in the Washington Post on May 6, it appears to be along the lines of a “Cash for Clunkers” program.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

A Golden Anniversary for Earth Day

Posted by Larry Chretien on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 12:39 PM

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide to remind us of how important it is to take care of our planet.

In those days, it seemed like there was some awakening. A few months after the first Earth Day, Neil Young released the song, After the Gold Rush, with its great line – “Look at Mother Nature on the run / In the 1970s”. Activism, set to music, would surely result in long-lasting change, right?

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Tags: Climate change

Our Energy World in the COVID-19 Era

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

All of our minds are on the virus itself and its impacts on the health of ourselves, our loves ones, and the economy. We are grieving for those who have passed on and worrying for those who are losing work. So it’s understandable if you’re not interested in thinking about energy at this time. But, if you are, please join this discussion of how the pandemic could change the ways we produce and consume energy.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy

COVID-19: A message from Green Energy Consumers Alliance

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 01:34 PM

Larry Chretien is the Executive Director at Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

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Green Municipal Aggregation is a Huge Success in Massachusetts

Posted by Larry Chretien on Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 09:48 AM

We are pleased to release the second edition of our “Green Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts” status report. A lot has happened in the field since our first edition in the spring of 2018 necessitating this update. If there is one key takeaway, it’s that GMA has proven to be a way to bring more renewable energy to communities affordably and equitably.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Electricity and the grid, Green municipal aggregation

Massachusetts Should Put a Stop to Deceptive Green Power Marketing

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:41 AM

CleanChoice Energy is at it again & needs to be stopped.

Recent developments cause us to say again that Massachusetts is not doing enough to protect consumers from electricity suppliers making deceptive claims about pricing and the greenness of their electricity.

Choose Local Renewable Electricity!

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Tags: Renewable energy, Massachusetts, Electricity and the grid, Climate change