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Your chance to influence RI's EV charging plan

Posted by Mal Skowron on Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 03:34 PM

A bill passed in June 2021 requires the state of Rhode Island to develop a plan to improve statewide access to electric vehicle (EV) charging by January 1, 2022. The state has initiated a stakeholder engagement process to solicit feedback from organizations and individuals about what the plan should look like.

If you’re an EV driver (or if you’d like to drive an EV, but lack of charging infrastructure is holding you back), you’re an expert on this topic. We encourage you to share your experience with the public charging network and what ideas you have to improve charging infrastructure in RI at an upcoming public session. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Rhode Island

Say Yes at the DPU part Two: A Modern Grid and Smart Meters for Massachusetts

Posted by Kai Salem on Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 07:58 PM

Updated October 8th. Recently, we posted a blog about the proposals by Massachusetts’ investor-owned utility companies (Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil) to expand their electric vehicle (EV) programs through 2025. Alongside the proposals for what the utility companies can do to support EVs, the utilities have filed their second round of Grid Modernization Plans (GMPs), continuing the work begun in grid modernization filings in 2018. This time, the filings include plans for the statewide roll out of smart meters. In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will deliberate over the utilities’ Grid Modernization Plans and Advanced Meter Implementation Plans.  

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electricity and the grid, Energy efficiency

Massachusetts needs more EV charging. Electric utilities have a plan.

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 10:47 AM

Updated October 8th. More electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is on the horizon in Massachusetts. The investor-owned utility companies (Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil) recently submitted proposals to expand their EV programs through 2025.

In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the public agency responsible for utility oversight, will review the ideas and decide whether the proposals will be executed as is or with modifications.

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

Guest Blog: How Massachusetts cities & towns are leading our transition to clean energy

Posted by Joe Curtatone, Kim Driscoll, Joseph Petty, & Yvonne Spicer on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 10:17 AM

As mayors representing a diverse group of communities across Massachusetts, we are in a unique position to be on the front lines of how the big global issues manifest from block to block in our neighborhoods. One of the many ways we see this is in how our residents want to power their homes and businesses. Their message to us is clear: they want cost-effective solutions that speed our transition to clean and renewable energy, and they want innovative and meaningful ways to help them combat the climate crisis.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Green municipal aggregation, Climate change

Tell your MA state Legislator to get engaged on clean transportation!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

As frequent readers of our blog will know, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts. The cars, trucks, and buses on our roads are also responsible for pollution that causes direct and widespread harm to human health – harm that disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color. Right now, there’s something you can do about it: get your legislator to attend an upcoming briefing on bills that will work on these issues!

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

RI Action Alert: Key clean energy legislation coming to a vote in Rhode Island! 

Posted by Kai Salem on Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 09:04 AM

There are only a few weeks left in Rhode Island’s legislative session, which means we must act urgently to pass crucial legislation for climate action

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

An Opportunity for RI: Four Bills to Act on Climate

Posted by Kai Salem on Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 02:16 PM

Green Energy Consumers policy coordinator Kai Salem speaks at a distanced rally for Act On Climate at the State House this April.

Last weekend, Governor McKee signed the 2021 Act On Climate. Now, Rhode Island has an exciting and urgent challenge ahead of it: meeting the binding climate goals set by this landmark legislation.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

Governor McKee, Rhode Island needs you to sign the Act On Climate

Posted by Kai Salem on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 12:25 PM

Last week was a huge step forward for climate action in New England. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island, Climate change

Phasing out gas-powered cars, here and around the world

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 09:38 AM

In the months since California Governor Gavin Newsom announced by executive order that the state would phase out the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035, the world has changed.  

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

The Texas power problem – our perspective

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 11:35 AM

Our hearts go out to Texans. The cold, snow, ice, power outages, and water shutoffs have gone way past inconvenient for people there. It’s caused death and misery.  Although we’re not experts on the Texas grid system as much as we are in New England, we’ve noticed a lot of confusion and deliberate misinformation surrounding the blackouts

The confusion about the power system is understandable; it's complicated and largely operates behind-the-scenes. It’s only until there’s a major crisis that we take a look behind the curtain. Unfortunately, the grid’s complexity makes it a ripe opportunity for the financially and politically motivated to spread “alternative facts.”  

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Home heating