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

Across the US and Back in a Fully Electric Vehicle

Posted by Glen Ayers, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

One of the top concerns we at Green Energy Consumers hear from people who are considering switching to an electric vehicle is: "how far can I go?" Well, two of our EV Ambassadors recently completed an 8,854-mile road-trip from Massachusetts all the way to California in an all-electric Kia Niro EV and kindly wrote up this blogpost for us. It's longer than our usual blogposts, but well worth the trip (pun intended!) for all who are interested in the nitty-gritty of taking a really, *really* long road-trip in an all-electric car. The following was all written by Glen Ayers, with a couple of editorial notes from Green Energy Consumers in italics.

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

Medium-Duty Electric Vans and Shuttle Buses

Posted by Rhys Webb & Devan DiLibero on Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 09:15 AM

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the transportation sector is arguably one of the most promising sectors in terms of switching to clean energy. Transportation accounts for 43% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in MA and 36% of emissions in RI. Electric vehicles are, therefore, one of the keys to reaching both states’ long term climate goals. Our Drive Green program helps to put electric passenger vehicles on the road, but we’d like to draw your attention to another part of the market: medium-duty vehicles. The medium-duty segment of the market has not kept pace with light-duty (passenger) electric vehicles. Beyond passenger cars, we frequently get asked about electric passenger vans and shuttles for institutions around New England, like schools, research institutions, hospitals, and private companies. Here’s what you should know about electrified medium-duty vehicle market in 2020.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

How To Avoid Getting Greenwashed

Posted by Erin Taylor on Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 09:08 AM

Have you been hearing from "green" electricity suppliers like CleanChoice Energy? You might want to support renewable energy, but are skeptical if your money will actually go toward shifting our electricity away from fossil fuels.

This is a valid concern, and (because of our awesome Green Powered electricity program) one we hear often. That's why we address it pretty regularly on our blog.

Blog: Are You Getting Greenwashed?

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

Webinar Recap: Buying a Pre-Owned Electric Car

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 09:57 AM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever thanks to advances in battery technology. The availability of pre-owned EVs also makes driving on electricity accessible to consumers with any budget. Green Energy Consumers hosted a webinar on March 25 to give advice on how to purchase a pre-owned electric car. You can watch the full webinar & read a summary here.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

In Times of COVID-19, Clean Air Matters

Posted by Paola Massoli on Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

The lockdown imposed across Northern Italy in late February to block the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a dramatic decrease of emissions in the Po Valley, historically one of the most polluted regions in Europe. The satellite images produced by the European Space Agency (ESA) show the tropospheric column levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a chemical tracer of fossil fuel burning - decreasing five-fold in the span of just 9 days.

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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

Making the Most of EV Batteries with Vehicle-To-Grid

Posted by Mal Skowron and Paola Massoli on Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Green Energy Consumers Alliance supports the idea that we need to electrify everything. By shifting sectors that have been historically powered by the combustion of fossil fuels, such as heating and transportation, to electricity, we can dramatically reduce emissions in the short-term while setting up a path to a net zero-carbon society in the long-term.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Electricity and the grid

New Renewable Energy Projects Spotlight

Posted by Yaima Braga on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 10:08 AM

Have you taken a look at our map of resources lately? There are so many projects in it that it’s been challenging for our graphic designer to fit some of them in. Over the last year, we’ve been busy adding more impactful Class I projects to our list thanks to the support of Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents, along with small businesses that have taken the initiative to green their electricity through our Green Powered program and Green Municipal Aggregation.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Green municipal aggregation

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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Electric Car Tax Credits, Explained

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

It’s tax season, and though you probably didn’t want to fill out another IRS form, Form 8936 (Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit) is worth the effort. The federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs) allows you to claim up to $7,500 on your returns for buying a new electric car. Here’s what you need to know about the federal tax credit and how to take advantage of it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation