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What’s New with Drive Green Webinar Overview

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 04:00 PM

Did you miss the “What’s New with Drive Green” webinar, but still want to know what’s new with Drive Green? We have you covered. Below is a brief overview of what we went over during our February 12th webinars.

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Tags: electric buses, electric vehicles, events, electric cars

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

"Smart Cities" discussion in Boston

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

We’re excited for the US Green Building Council, Massachusetts Chapter’s upcoming event on February 16th – the Building Tech Forum – and we hope to see some of you there too!

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Tags: events, Massachusetts

Mass Energy & People’s Power & Light 2016 Recap

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons and Kat Burnham on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 01:35 PM


2016 has been a tremendous year for Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light. Our organizations have done great work, have launched several new initiatives, and together with collaborative partners we will continue to rise to the challenges ahead. We take a moment here to look back at 2016.

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Tags: environmental policy, electric vehicles, events, pipeline

Holiday hope: Join Mass Energy and special guests at our 34th Annual Meeting

Posted by Erin Taylor on Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 05:27 PM

After an election season like this, we all need a little fun, and a little hope. There is plenty to celebrate, plenty to do, and plenty of people who want to do it to ensure a safe and livable climate for us all.  So on December 7th, let’s get together!

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Tags: community organizing, events, Massachusetts, renewable energy

People’s Power & Light's 14th Year Celebration

Posted by Kat Burnham on Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 02:55 PM

Little Rhody has the opportunity to be a big leader for sustainability. There are several bills on the table this legislative session that span a range of energy issues. These policies were highlighted this past week at People’s Power & Light’s (PP&L) 14th Annual Meeting.

Community members and industry professionals gathered at the meeting to hear from Rhode Island officials, including Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Office of Energy Resources Commissioner Dr. Marion Gold, Senator Susan Sosnowski, and Representative Deborah Ruggiero. In The Attorney General’s words, “PP&L is a pro-clean energy group, an inexpensive energy group, a group that wants to help disseminate power to those that need it most.”

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Tags: events, environmental policy

Another Year of Clean Energy Success: Mass Energy's 33rd Annual Meeting

Posted by Puanoa A. Higginson on Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

On Wednesday, October 21st 2015, Mass Energy celebrated 33 years of working to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable.

Those who attended the meeting will remember Executive Director Larry Chretien’s reference to Mass Energy as being akin to the “platypus of the animal kingdom”— highlighting Mass Energy’s unique structure as a non-profit run like a business. Larry referred to Mass Energy as a “social business”, composed of people who understand that there is more than one way of making energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable.

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Tags: events, community organizing

"Ride & Drive" electric vehicle demonstrations are out there - go find your green car!

Posted by Kevin O'Brien (Sierra Club Mass Chapter) and Larry Chretien (Mass Energy/PP&L Executive Director) on Sunday, August 02, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

Some years ago, the words “electric car” would make a lot of people scoff – either because they didn’t think it was ever going to be practical, or they had technical reasons or resignation that the car industry was not interested. Electric vehicles (EVs) are a reality now, and they are giving combustion engines a run for their money. Tens of thousands are on the road; the numbers keep rising, and every car company is jumping in the game. Models like the Chevy Volt, BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, SMART, Mercedes B-Class, Tesla and the Ford Fusion are just a few of the big names out there today. 

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Tags: events, renewable energy, environmental policy, electric vehicles

Western Mass Electric Co. Teams Up With Mass Energy to Offer Renewable Energy to Customers!

Posted by Erin Taylor on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 10:25 AM


We’ll celebrate at Berkshire East Ski Resort & Canopy Tours on July 27th, and you’re invited.

Coming up on July 27th is Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light’s 4th annual Berkshire East Wind Turbine Festival in Charlemont, MA (get your tickets here). Local wind turbine power at Berkshire East is a huge success story—it literally helped keep this family-run ski and zip-lining resort from shutting its doors. Mass Energy/PP&L was able to play a role in Berkshire East’s success by contracting to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from their local wind turbine long-term.

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Tags: events, renewable energy, Rhode Island