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

RI Needs to Assess the Climate Impacts of Transportation Spending

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 03:20 PM

Transportation is the largest source of climate-warming emissions in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so Green Energy Consumers Alliance is focused on finding policy solutions to advance low-carbon alternatives to gasoline. How the states structure their transportation budgets will be a key factor for how they expect to meet 2030 climate mandates. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Rhode Island, Phasing out fossil fuels

What’s Plan B for active mobility?  

Posted by Anna Vanderspek & Mal Skowron on Friday, February 11, 2022 @ 10:30 AM

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state effort to phase down our dependence on gasoline and diesel fuels and to kickstart investments for cleaner, more affordable transportation options. In November 2021, the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island withdrew support for the program. We're disappointed because without TCI, it's unclear how the states will achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet their climate goals. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Phasing out fossil fuels

Stand up for Clean Trucks!

Posted by Ryan Corvese on Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 09:49 AM

Updated March 2022 - If you’re a Massachusetts or Rhode Island resident, you may have taken action in February in support of heavy-duty vehicle electrification. Medium- and heavy-duty trucks not only contribute to climate change but also release nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) which are hazardous to human health. Massachusetts is considering adopting two important regulations coming out of California that will help bring down these emissions – the Advanced Clean Trucks rule (ACT) and the Heavy-Duty Omnibus rule (HDO). (Rhode Islanders, we need you to push for the adoption of these rules too!) Here’s everything you need to know to make your voice heard in either state.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Drive Green: A Year in Review

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Tuesday, January 04, 2022 @ 01:30 PM

There’s no doubt about it, 2021 was a rough year for the auto industry and consumers looking for a car. The industry has suffered from the chip shortage, other supply chain issues, and not to mention the Chevrolet Bolt battery issues resulting in a stop-sale. As a result, prices rose across the board for both new and pre-owned vehicles, inventory has been scarce, and new model years have had their release dates postponed.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Our New Tool to Help You Find a Used EV

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

When we launched our Drive Green program back in November 2016, if you wanted an electric car, your only option, essentially, was to buy a new car. Yes, there were some older Nissan LEAFs available, but not many, and they didn’t have a whole lot of range. Fast forward five years and things have changed – there are more electric vehicle (EV) models on the market, and more and more of them are coming off three-year leases, which means, finally, a used EV market is growing. If you’re looking for a used EV, we have a new tool to help you find it.

Compare Used Electric Cars

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Electric Cars and Mineral Mining

Posted by Adrianna Lovegrove on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

Electric Vehicles & Mineral Mining: What We’ve Learned 

People often ask us about the raw materials in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, their implications on human rights and the environment, and what’s being done to lessen the impact. We are also concerned about these issues. As an organization doing state-based work, we are not experts in the global supply chain questions at the heart of these concerns. However, we are determined to educate ourselves and share what we learn. As a first foray, we’ve taken a deep-dive into one metal – cobalt – since it is the focus of most of the questions we receive. Here is what we’ve found. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Sparky’s Electrifying Tale – a great children’s book you should check out for the holidays

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, December 13, 2021 @ 10:07 AM

Green Energy Consumers Alliance has been working closely with our friends on the West Coast, a nonprofit called Coltura, on policies to phase out gasoline.  That’s serious work for grownups.  But Coltura has also produced a great new children’s book, “Sparky’s Electrifying Tale”.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

What's Plan B for better transit?

Posted by Anna Vanderspek & Mal Skowron on Friday, December 10, 2021 @ 04:46 PM

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state effort to phase down our dependence on gasoline and diesel fuels and to kickstart investments for cleaner, more affordable transportation options. In November 2021, the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island pulled out of the program. We're disappointed because without TCI, it's unclear how the states will achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet their climate goals.

The program is not dead – TCI can move forward any time three states agree to move forward – but the delay is a huge setback for climate action. To learn more about TCI itself, check out this webinar from February 2021.

This blog post is the first of a series to explore what's at stake if MA and RI don't come up with a Plan B to fund a cleaner transportation system. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Going Live for Climate this #GivingTuesday

Posted by Erin Taylor on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 09:18 AM

Don't miss Green Energy Consumers staff have been posting videos all week leading up to Giving Tuesday (November 30th)! Videos on important climate news and solutions will be posted on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and on greenenergyconsumers.org/donate all week.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Energy efficiency, Green municipal aggregation, Our programs, Climate change

Moving from Massachusetts to Colorado in an Electric Car

Posted by Xavier Pereira on Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 01:30 PM

This summer I moved from Massachusetts to Colorado and decided I was going to make the move in its entirety with just my electric vehicle (EV). I’ve had a 2019 Chevy Bolt for two years now and this was the longest trip I had ever done with it. It was a new experience for me, visiting places I had never been before, and it put the feasibility for long-distance road trips with an EV to the test. Acknowledging the gaps in public knowledge surrounding the logistics of driving an EV, never mind a 1,900 mile road trip, it was evident that sharing this experience could be useful to others. So here we go! 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation