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

What’s up with federal and state incentives for electric cars?

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 05:39 PM

We believe electric cars are great. They reduce emissions by about 75-80% compared to gasoline cars. And they cost less to run because it’s cheaper to run on electricity than petroleum and they require less maintenance. But for the time being, without governmental incentives, the cost of the battery generally makes electric vehicles (EVs) cost a bit more upfront. So federal tax credits and state rebates are important for the next few years until battery costs come down a bit more. If you’re in the market for a new car and considering an EV (as you should!), here’s news you can use.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

The evolution of energy efficiency in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons & Kai Salem on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 06:00 PM

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Energy efficiency, Rhode Island

Massachusetts energy bill passes House and Senate, heading to Governor Baker's desk for signature

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 08:53 AM

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass H.4857, An act to advance clean energy. The final bill was released from conference committee late Monday afternoon.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons and Deborah Donovan on Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

This piece written by Eugenia Gibbons and Deborah Donovan was originally published by Commonwealth Magazine on July 15, 2018.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts

The countdown is on! But several key energy issues still need to move through the Legislature before July 31.

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 06:05 PM

 

With less than a month to go in the legislative session, several clean energy bills have yet to be decided. The following could use an extra push to get over the finish line.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy

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: Energy policy & advocacy, Electricity and the grid, Rhode Island

The Unbearable Lightness of Energy Efficiency

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

 

In a national ranking for energy efficiency, Massachusetts is number 1 and Rhode Island is number 3. Neither is doing enough. Please hear me out.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Energy efficiency

Are we finally prioritizing climate? Senate Committee Releases Comprehensive Energy Bill

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 04:07 PM

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released a comprehensive omnibus energy bill, An act to promote a clean energy future: to protect our public health, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill is a compilation of several pieces of legislation filed this session, including the important RPS & the Appliance Efficiency Standards bills, but it also reflects public input provided during a series of Clean Energy Conversations that Committee Chair Marc Pacheco hosted throughout the spring and summer. Several of the bills have received favorable recommendations from the joint energy committee of the House and Senate (read more about this below).

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Climate change

Appliance Standards: The mightiest energy saver you’ve never heard of

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons and Kat Burnham on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 05:39 PM

When it comes to combatting climate change, energy efficiency is our first line of defense. It is an abundant, low-cost resource capable of curbing demand, reducing emissions, and saving consumers money. When we hear “energy efficiency,” insulation and weatherization, lightbulbs and power strips immediately come to mind; but energy efficiency takes many forms, which is why appliance standards just may be the best climate and energy policy tool you’ve never heard of.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Energy efficiency

Federal Tax Credit in Jeopardy

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 03:15 PM

As you may have heard, the existing federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for electric vehicles (EVs) would be repealed under the tax legislation filed in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from the White House last week. If the tax bill is passed in its current form, the EV tax credit would be available for 2017 purchases but not for 2018 and beyond. We strongly oppose the repeal of the EV tax credit. If you are concerned too, please contact your US Representative and express your feelings. But honestly, we know that the Massachusetts and Rhode Island delegations will be opposed to the tax bill for several reasons.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation