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One Day, Two Kids, 600+ Miles: From Massachusetts to Virginia in an Electric Car

Posted by Nicole Cooper, Guest Blogger on Friday, September 02, 2022 @ 03:55 PM

When we talk about electric cars at Green Energy Consumers, we often get questions about road trips. How do you drive hundreds of miles with a battery electric vehicle? How do you plan where to charge? Does it take forever? That's why we love featuring real stories from real people about their experience driving electric. Here's a guest blog from our friend Nicole about her family's trip from Massachusetts to Virginia in a fully-electric car. (This blog refers to the different types of charging and plugs. If you need a refresher, check out our charging basics page!)

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Guest Blogpost: Mass Fleet Advisor

Posted by Jennifer Kritzler, CALSTART, and Kristen Patnaude, PowerOptions on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 @ 03:29 PM

Note: At Green Energy Consumers, we know that we need to rapidly electrify all forms of transportation – especially including medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which disproportionately contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and localized air pollution. We're excited to post this guest blogpost from Jenny Kritzler at CALSTART and Kristen Patneaude from PowerOptions, who are working with MassCEC to offer Mass Fleet Advisor. If you have a private or nonprofit fleet that you'd like to electrify, read on!

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

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

Across the US and Back in a Fully Electric Vehicle

Posted by Glen Ayers, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

One of the top concerns we at Green Energy Consumers hear from people who are considering switching to an electric vehicle is: "how far can I go?" Well, two of our EV Ambassadors recently completed an 8,854-mile road-trip from Massachusetts all the way to California in an all-electric Kia Niro EV and kindly wrote up this blogpost for us. It's longer than our usual blogposts, but well worth the trip (pun intended!) for all who are interested in the nitty-gritty of taking a really, *really* long road-trip in an all-electric car. The following was all written by Glen Ayers, with a couple of editorial notes from Green Energy Consumers in italics.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

The Buzz Around Bolts

Posted by Rhys Webb on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

 

If you read our last EV owners blog, then you probably already know a little about what makes people so passionate about their electric vehicles—regenerative braking, quick pick-up, no noise, and of course, zero emissions! Because of this passion, we’ve sold a lot of cars through Drive Green, and the Chevrolet Bolt has consistently been one of the most popular. I spoke with some of our dedicated electric vehicle (EV) owners to see why they’re so committed to their Bolts.


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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

EV Envy: Drive Green Members Share why they Love Their EVs

Posted by Rhys Webb on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 09:28 AM

With electric vehicles consistently gaining more and more media attention, we wanted to share what it was that made electric vehicle (EV) owners love their cars so much. I reached out to some of our members who have purchased a vehicle through Drive Green, and they assured me that whether you’re looking to drive across the country, zip through city streets, or even replace your motorcycle, there’s an EV for you! Check out what they had to say below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Why We Traveled 724 Miles for an Electric Car

Posted by Holly and Rich Reid-Shaw, Guest Bloggers on Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 02:51 PM

Edited by Mal Skowron


Holly Reid and Rich Shaw live in North Carolina.  They have driven a Prius since 2006, but their ever-growing interests in reducing energy consumption drove them to consider purchasing an all-electric vehicle.  They heard about the Drive Green program from their daughter, Indy, who worked at Green Energy Consumers Alliance in 2018. 

Holly and Rich explored their options using the Drive Green webpage and decided to purchase an EV—even if it meant traveling up to New England to complete the deal and driving it back to North Carolina.  And although their small town hosts six EV charging stations, the Reid-Shaws' plan to charge their vehicle at home using solar energy from the rooftop panels they installed on their historic home (ca. 1795). 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight, Our programs

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: RIpower.org/16years

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Tags: Guest blog/Member spotlight, Our programs

Working Toward a Clean, Reliable Electric Grid

Posted by Patrick Knight of Synapse Energy Economics on Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

On January 17, 2018, ISO New England (“ISO”) released a draft of its Operational Fuel Security Analysis. This study lays out many different possibilities for a 2024/25 winter, assessing the electric grid’s reliability under a varying array of assumptions. ISO’s main finding is clear: adding more renewables and more imports, and increasing the availability of LNG deliveries and backup oil during supply emergencies, will all contribute to improved system reliability.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Electricity and the grid, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Green Power Member Spotlight: Michele Putko

Posted by Charlie Davies on Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

The “Member Spotlight” series highlights the individuals that make our organization great. Each post tells the story of an outstanding Mass Energy or PP&L member. By sharing their stories we hope to spread the word about their unique efforts and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.


While waiting in her car in Brookline to pick up one of her kids, Michele Putko noticed a lawn sign that read "I Switched to 100% Green Energy, and So Can You. Visit www.massenergy.org." Having previously ruled out solar panels for her home, Putko enrolled in Mass Energy’s New England GreenStart option with the information she gathered from the sign. In a world of unwanted and misleading solicitation regarding “green energy” and ambiguous energy rates, Putko found Mass Energy extremely transparent and reliable.

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Tags: Guest blog/Member spotlight, Our programs