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

A few words about Tesla

Posted by Larry Chretien on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Given the work that we do on green energy, people frequently ask us what we think about Tesla and Elon Musk. Because there’s so much to Tesla and its main man, we have several separate but related points to make.

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Tags: electric cars

Electric cars for urban apartment dwellers?

Posted by Loie Hayes on Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

For months I watched with envy all the great deals on electric cars available through Drive Green with Mass Energy. As an urban apartment dweller without a driveway, I figured an electric vehicle (EV) just wasn’t in the realm of possibility.

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More and more renewable energy comes with batteries included

Posted by Larry Chretien on Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 02:42 PM

For over a hundred years, the rap on electricity was that you could not store as usefully as you could store oil, gas, coal, and wood. That has made matching power supply with demand a challenge. More recently, we have been told by New England utilities and their ally, the so-called “Independent Operator of New England” (ISO-NE) that increasing amounts of wind and solar, intermittent resources, will make the challenge even harder.

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Tags: electric cars, energy storage, renewable energy

Transforming the Power Sector in Rhode Island: Top Rate Settlement

Posted by Kat Burnham on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

How do we upgrade our electric grid to accommodate more renewables and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring affordability for all customers? This is a question PP&L and others in the energy community have been tackling through the ongoing electric and gas rate case proceedings at the Public Utilities Commission. In 2017 National Grid submitted a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission to increase gas and electric rates to maintain service reliability and upgrade the system. And now after several months, it appears that a consensus has been reached.

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Tags: Rhode Island, electric cars, energy storage

Electric car charging just got easier

Posted by Gloria Kostadinova on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

Sabetti charging his Nissan LEAF at work

What's involved with charging an electric car? Just ask Doug Sabetti, a resident of Newport and founder of Newport Solar, a family owned and operated solar company. Last year he purchased an all-electric Nissan LEAF and enjoys carbon-free driving and sometimes free charging at electric car charging stations across Rhode Island.

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Tags: electric cars, Member Spotlight, electric vehicles

Member spotlight: Joel Gates

Posted by Gloria Kostadinova on Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 09:30 AM

Joel Gates and his daughter, Sarah, volunteering to showcase their Chevy Bolt at Audubon's Raptor Weekend in September 2017. 

For Joel Gates, living sustainably is more than just greening his electricity, it is a way of life. A resident of Glocester Rhode Island, Joel has been a part of People’s Power & Light (PP&L) for 13 years. From greening his electricity with ground-mount solar panels and PP&L’s green power programs to driving an all-electric vehicle and advocating for clean energy in Rhode Island, he epitomizes what it means to be a PP&L member.  For these reasons, we are honoring Joel for his dedicated support as the 2018 Member Spotlight Awardee at our 16th Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 17th at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. Get your tickets at:

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Tags: Rhode Island, electric cars, Member Spotlight, electric vehicles, environmental policy, renewable energy, events

Local environmental advocacy is how we resist climate denial this Earth Day

Posted by Emma Walter on Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 07:40 AM


As Bill McKibben so eloquently points out, the resistance to Trump, including his climate denial, will be local. That's why local environmental advocacy is crucial for Earth Day 2018.  And environmental advocacy doesn't have to mean petitioning in the streets, although it can. It can also mean helping a neighbor choose an electric car over a gas-powered one, or joining a committee in your community. 

You might be looking around for Earth Day activities. Here are 3 activities through which you and your neighbors can make a difference.

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Tags: electric cars, renewable energy, events

The best electric car for you: we've got it.

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 01:31 PM

Since we launched Drive Green with Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light in November of 2016, a lot has changed in the electric vehicle market. At launch, we had four electric vehicles (EVs) from three manufacturers available through the program. Now, we’ve got seventeen vehicles from ten manufacturers, and the list is growing all the time! As the options increase, finding the best electric car for you might seem like it’s getting more overwhelming too. But don’t you worry! Here’s a quick who’s-who of the top electric cars available through our program right now.

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Electric cars are getting easier to charge

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 05:36 PM

The question “but where will I charge?” is one of the biggest sources of apprehension among potential electric vehicle (EV) owners. We at Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light think it doesn’t need to be. After reading this blog post, we really hope that you’ll come to agree that:

  • For most of us, charging our electric car at home can be very easy.

  • Today, there are already a lot of places to charge away from home – probably a lot more than most people think. And they’re easy to find.

  • More public charging stations are being built every day and there are lots more coming in the next 3-5 years.

  • You won’t need to charge as often as you think. Today’s all-electrics have such large ranges that you likely won’t need to charge every night, and even the plug-in hybrids available today have ranges that exceed what most of us drive in a day.

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Tags: electric cars, electric vehicles

What's new with the Drive Green program

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:26 AM


We launched Drive Green with Mass Energy and Drive Green with People’s Power & Light in November 2016 and have been rolling along merrily ever since. Here’s what’s new with our program and the world of electric vehicles (EVs) overall.

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Tags: electric cars, electric vehicles