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

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

New report explains the challenges, opportunities and impacts of Green Municipal Aggregation

Posted by Yaima Braga on Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 04:46 PM

Community Choice Aggregation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts on Renewable Energy Markets is the latest report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Highlighted in the report are the benefits that aggregation delivers to communities: savings and price stability. But the report also sheds light on how Community Choice Aggregations are reshaping the dynamics of customer electricity supply and demand. Here we summarize NREL’s findings.

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Tags: Green municipal aggregation

Most recent climate action report adds another measure of accountability to the mix

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons on Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 05:25 PM

Carbon Free Boston, the latest in a series of climate action reports released in Massachusetts, further affirms that there are clear steps we should be taking now to mitigate climate change. The challenge remains in turning studies to action.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Climate change

What’s New with Drive Green Webinar Overview

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

Did you miss the “What’s New with Drive Green” webinar, but still want to know what’s new with Drive Green? We have you covered. Below is a brief overview of what we went over during our February 12th webinars.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Our programs

Turning Diesel Fuel into Green Transportation: States use VW funds to add more charging stations and electric buses

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 04:06 PM

Massachusetts and Rhode Island have both announced plans on how they intend to spend funds coming from the national Volkswagen “dieselgate” settlement. We’re seeing some solid ideas on how the states can use the VW settlement money to reduce air pollution from diesel fuel. This development is akin to turning swords into plowshares. While it’s horrible that VW deceived governments throughout the world about emissions from its diesel engines, there will be two lasting benefits from the settlement. Firstly, car-makers appear to be reducing their commitment to new diesels, as VW’s experience highlights the impossibility of making low-emission diesel vehicles. Secondly, the VW settlement money will help greatly to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Recent Gas System Failures remind us that Gas Isn't Cheap

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons & Kai Salem on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

National Grid trucks line the street outside of Newport Fire Department Headquarters (Station One). Thousands of residents were left without heat when a pressure drop resulted in a gas service interruption.

Catastrophes like the September explosions in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley and recent extended service disruptions  on Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island put into sharp relief the false economics of gas. Although many consider gas to be an abundant and inexpensive fuel, recent events remind us that the costs borne by individuals, communities, and the environment are much greater than we currently account for. We must transition off gas, but in the immediate term, we can minimize the frequency and impact of system failures by taking steps to reduce our reliance on natural gas, improve system safety, and prepare for potential emergencies.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy

Why We Traveled 724 Miles for an Electric Car

Posted by Holly and Rich Reid-Shaw, Guest Bloggers on Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 02:51 PM

Edited by Mal Skowron


Holly Reid and Rich Shaw live in North Carolina.  They have driven a Prius since 2006, but their ever-growing interests in reducing energy consumption drove them to consider purchasing an all-electric vehicle.  They heard about the Drive Green program from their daughter, Indy, who worked at Green Energy Consumers Alliance in 2018. 

Holly and Rich explored their options using the Drive Green webpage and decided to purchase an EV—even if it meant traveling up to New England to complete the deal and driving it back to North Carolina.  And although their small town hosts six EV charging stations, the Reid-Shaws' plan to charge their vehicle at home using solar energy from the rooftop panels they installed on their historic home (ca. 1795). 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight, Our programs

A Tax Break for You and Your Mother (Earth)

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 01:10 PM

The tax man cometh. But if you participate in our Green Powered program, you can take a break. It’s a small one, but well deserved.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Our programs

Why efficiency matters for electric cars

Posted by Mal Skowron on Monday, January 07, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the environment than gas-powered cars not just because gas-powered cars rely on fossil fuels, but because EVs are more efficient.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Issue Reports & Commitments on Energy & Transportation. Now what?

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons & Kai Salem on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 @ 05:01 PM

2018 is coming to a strong close for clean energy and climate policy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Within a few days, the Baker administration in Massachusetts released two major reports on the future of the state's energy and transportation systems, while Rhode Island kicked off development of its 20-year Transit Master Plan, and both states announced participation in the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), a nine-state regional commitment to address transportation sector emissions.

These plans and commitments have been a long-time in the making and will inform efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the northeast going forward. Now, with a new year upon us, we must act on the recommendations made in the reports, develop policies, and implement programs that will move the needle on climate action.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy