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

Spend less on car maintenance with an EV

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 03:48 PM

Most people still don’t know anyone who has switched to an electric vehicle or can’t name any electric models available for sale besides Tesla. There are a lot of factors contributing to the gradual rates of EV adoption, but it is in part due to the myth that gasoline cars are “easy” for consumers.

According to several studies and the personal experiences of EV drivers who have switched through Drive Green, electric vehicles have lower maintenance costs and better reliability than gas-powered cars. Though gasoline-powered cars are familiar, they are by no means the easier or better option for consumers. Here’s why.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Climate Change & Racism: Two Inconvenient Truths

Posted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance on Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 09:26 AM

For over one hundred years, the fossil fuels we’ve spewed into the sky have wreaked havoc on the planet. We can say with equal certitude that for over four hundred years, institutional racism has wreaked havoc on people of color.

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Tags: Climate change

Ask an EV Owner Webinars

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 02:06 PM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are always a great topic of discussion! We know you have questions and we’ve done our best to get the answers for you. Recently we held two “Ask an EV Owner” webinars and they were a hit! Experienced EV owners acted as panelists to answer any and all EV-related questions. But don’t worry if you couldn’t be there, we recorded the sessions and they’re linked below.  Let’s take a look at some of the questions asked at these webinars.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Q&A with Rhode Island energy leaders: Highlights from our May 18th Spring Meeting

Posted by Priscilla De La Cruz on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 03:35 PM

This is the first blog of a three-part series focused on renewable energy development and climate progress in Rhode Island. 

Keep reading for highlights from our virtual Spring Meeting on May 18.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Green municipal aggregation, Rhode Island

Where's the peak in the era of COVID?

Posted by Kai Salem & Yaima Braga on Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 09:28 AM

Over the past two months, the world’s daily patterns have changed drastically. As we know from Shave the Peak, even small changes to routines, especially during peak hours, can have an outsize impact on the emissions, costs, and fuel mix of our electricity system. So it’s no surprise to see that the pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders have shifted many aspects of the electricity mix, here in New England and beyond. In fact, the average cost of electricity during March was the lowest in market history, in large part because of the pandemic.

So what’s going on in our electricity mix, and why? And perhaps most importantly, what lessons from the pandemic’s impact on the electric system should we be taking into the future?

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Electricity and the grid

The Road to Net-Zero is Paved by Electric Buses

Posted by Paola Massoli on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Electric Vehicles

In a recent post, we refreshed the notion of why driving an electric car is a better choice for the environment, even in areas that rely on fossil fuels for most of their electricity generation: in one word, efficiency. An electric vehicle is 3-4 times better at converting energy to miles driven compared to a combustion engine. In New England, the average electric car emits 73% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than a gasoline car on a per-mile basis. The emission reductions are even greater in the Massachusetts communities – and soon Rhode Island communities – that have adopted the model of green municipal aggregation.

Furthermore, a recent European study has concluded that electric cars are a better option for climate in 95% of the world already on a lifecycle basis, which includes manufacturing and end-of-life processes. While battery production certainly has environmental impact, there is a growing number of applications to give batteries a second life, turning a conundrum into opportunity, further reducing waste.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

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

Smart EV Charging Habits

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

One of the most understated benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is never stopping at a gas station again. In addition to saving money compared to gasoline, EV charging is the more convenient option for many drivers. Here’s why – and how you can get the best performance out of your battery.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Five Climate Change Lessons from COVID-19

Posted by Paola Massoli on Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Editor’s Preface: Paola Massoli has been working as a research analyst on our advocacy team. Paola has a PhD In Atmospheric Science and is finishing up a master’s degree in Sustainability & Environment. Recently she has been thinking about lessons we might be able to learn from COVID-19 that could prepare us better to tackle the climate crisis.

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Tags: Climate change

Massachusetts Formalizes Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050...What's the Plan for 2030?

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 10:49 AM

The Baker Administration recently issued its much-anticipated letter of determination formalizing Massachusetts’ commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a requirement first referenced in Baker’s 2020 state of the state address. Adjusting the GWSA to reflect scientific consensus and mandating pursuit of an ambitious long-term target is welcome news. But what does it mean for state-led clean energy and climate action in the immediate term?

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts