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

Can Massachusetts Make EV Charging even More Affordable?

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 10:09 AM

We’re big advocates for incentivizing electric vehicle (EV) drivers to charge their cars off-peak by offering them a lower retail price per kilowatt-hour (kWh). “Off-peak” periods refer to times when demand for electricity is low – at these times, wholesale electricity prices and emissions per unit of energy are lower as well. Shifting EV charging demand by setting a price signal (sometimes call a “time-varying rate” (TVR) or “time-of-use rate” (TOU)) is a win for everyone: EV drivers, non-EV drivers, the environment, and our electric grid. Right now, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is considering whether and how to move forward on this issue – and we wanted to give you an update on progress made so far. (Fair warning: if ever there was a blogpost for the policy wonks, this is it!) 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Electrifying cars, buses, and trucks will save lives. Why wait?

Posted by Mal Skowron on Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

When we talk about the intersection of transportation and the environmentwe’re often talking about greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, that trap heat in the atmosphere and warm our climate. However, the combustion of fossil fuels also releases co-pollutants – like nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter – that form ozone and smog and make air unhealthy. Unlike greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change no matter where they’re released, co-pollutants have the biggest impact in the communities close to where they’re emitted.  

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Consumer Reports: Electric cars are cheaper... really!

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 11:36 AM

A new report by Consumer Reports has found that the average electric vehicle (EV) driver saves between $6,000 and $10,000 in lifetime costs compared to a gas-powered car. Their analysis considered a survey of 10,000 EV drivers and review of depreciation, financing, sale pricesand fuel costs to reach a remarkable conclusion: EVs, like those that are available through our Drive Green program, win out compared to the best-selling, top-rated, and most-efficient cars in their class.  

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Policy is rigged to favor gas guzzlers over climate, health, & consumers

Posted by Mal Skowron on Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

In April 2020, while the economy shuttered and infection rates for COVID-19 in the US skyrocketed, pickup truck sales exceeded sedan sales for the first time. Passenger cars are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and more people than ever believe man-made climate change is happening. So how are biggest gas-guzzling cars taking over the industry?

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

We Need the Transportation & Climate Initiative and It Must Be Equitable.  Advocates and Governors, Let's Get it Done Right

Posted by Larry Chretien, Anna Vanderspek, Priscilla De La Cruz, & Mal Skowron on Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 05:31 PM

There is so much happening these days it’s hard to track everything, but if you haven’t heard much about the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), you will soon. It’s an idea that could result in a compact of 11-states (plus D.C.) in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic taddress transportation emissions. It would do so by setting a cap on emissions, a cap that declines over time. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Ending Gas-Powered Car Sales by 2035 is Doable

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 05:10 PM

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom of California issued an executive order that announced California would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state to be Zero-Emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035.  

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, 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

Why I Leased a Chevrolet Bolt instead of Keeping my Malibu

Posted by Xavier Pereira, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 02:55 PM

Why I Leased A Chevy Bolt Instead of Keeping My Malibu
We often get questions along the lines of: "should I get an electric car now, or should I wait until my current car *really* gives up the ghost?" Well, one of our EV Ambassadors, Xavier, recently grappled with this question himself and kindly offered the following blog post to us! The below is all his text, with some additions (in italics) from us here at Green Energy Consumers.
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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Looking for an electric SUV? Here’s what’s coming.

Posted by Tori Yanco on Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 07:06 PM

In the United States car market, big cars rule. In April 2020, crossovers, pickups, and SUVs together made up 70% of new vehicle sales in the “light” vehicle market. 70%! As we work to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), it’s clear that we need competitive EVs in these segments. There are already some excellent larger EVs available – check out the Hyundai Kona Electric, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), Kia Niro EV and PHEV, Audi e-tron, or Tesla Model X on our Drive Green page. And we’ve previously written about the electric pick-up trucks headed our way. But automakers have announced or released several larger EVs that we’re keeping our eyes on. Here are the electric SUVs that we think are the ones to watch in 2020 and early 2021.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

The surprising overlap between heat pumps and electric cars

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, July 01, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

We at Green Energy Consumers Alliance like to connect the dots between technology, markets, and policy to help people make smart green energy choices. Electric cars help dramatically lower the carbon footprint of passenger vehicles, just as electric heat pumps replace the fossil fuels used to heat our homes; this is why we’re helping people to make the switch to both. But there’s an overlap between these two technologies that we find interesting and important.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation