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

The Energy Consumer's Bulletin

Time & speed are of the essence: the cost of clean energy is not a speed bump

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 04:26 PM

Massachusetts and Rhode Island are nationally recognized as clean energy leaders. The gains made to date are impressive, but mitigating climate change necessitates even more substantial investment in efficiency, renewables, and emerging technologies.

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Tags: environmental policy

Your solar questions answered: Mass Solar Connect webinar

Posted by Loie Hayes on Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 06:04 PM

There are less than two months left to take advantage of the Mass Solar Connect price savings on solar panels for your home or business. The deadline for participating is Oct 31. Learn more during our short webinar recording below.

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Tags: solar

Great feedback about Mass Solar Connect

Posted by Loie Hayes on Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 09:59 AM

Our members and friends are surprised at how easy it is to get the information you need to consider solar on the Mass Solar Connect web platform (powered by EnergySage), without a big sales pitch or a big demand for research or study. More than 300 people have now signed up for Mass Solar Connect information and Ww’re getting great feedback.  (Rhode Islanders, we'll soon be offering you a similar program, but until then you can use EnergySage for great information and solar shopping.)

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Tags: Massachusetts, solar

Why Massachusetts needs both a Clean Energy Standard (CES) and an increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Posted by Larry Chretien and Eugenia Gibbons on Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 03:29 PM

On August 11th, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finalized several long-awaited regulations intended to help Massachusetts comply with the 2020 GHG emission reductions mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The regulations, which were supposed to take effect on January 1, 2013, are several years overdue. That they come now is the result of a May 2016 decision by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) and Executive Order 569 signed by Governor Baker last September.  

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Tags: environmental policy

Miles Behind Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals: Electric Vehicle Policy Troubles

Posted by Larry Chretien, Eugenia Gibbons & Kat Burnham on Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

In recent weeks, policymakers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have taken actions that will affect the states’ likelihood of meeting their stated goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Their actions, or inaction, in the transportation sector are especially worth noting.

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Tags: electric vehicles

Communities choosing renewable energy is now a big thing

Posted by Larry Chretien on Thursday, August 03, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Massachusetts is one of a few states allowing cities and towns to aggregate consumers for the purchase of electricity. In the last year, we have seen a good number of communities take the opportunity to do just that in ways that are bringing on significantly more renewable energy than required by state law.  The first to commit was Melrose, followed by Dedham. Both started their programs in January 2016. But this year, many more are following suit in the world of “Green Municipal Aggregation” or “Community Choice Energy”.  This summer, programs are starting in Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Somerville, Sudbury, and Winchester.

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Tags: Massachusetts, municipal aggregation

Electric cars – going mainstream faster than you think

Posted by Larry Chretien on Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 07:46 AM

When we started our Drive Green with Mass Energy & People's Power & Light program on November 2nd, we felt like we were catching a fast moving train. And nine months into the program, we can say that that’s an understatement. Month after month, sales in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, the US, and the world are significantly higher than a year before. Here in America, we have seen strong sales from Tesla (Models S and X), Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, Toyota Prius Prime, and Nissan LEAF.  But where is this all going?

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Tags: electric vehicles, electric cars

What does your electric bill tell you about where the money goes?

Posted by Loie Hayes on Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

The average Massachusetts and Rhode Island household uses about 600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity every month. At about 20 cents for every kWh, this amounts to an electric bill of $120 a month. Here’s a guide to better understand where that money is going.

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Tags: renewable energy, electricity, energy efficiency

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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Drive Green with Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light is here to stay!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

It’s no fun taking away the punch bowl just as the party was getting good, so we decided that Drive Green with Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light, our newest program, is here to stay, rather than ending on June 30 as we previously indicated. Our board of directors voted unanimously to keep the program going. We see it as a great way to achieve our mission of making energy more sustainable and affordable. When we launched the program on November 2, we had a good feeling that it would go well and, truth be told, it has. We’re proud to say that over 130 people have purchased or leased electric cars, dozens more are in the process, and more people are registering every day. And the comments we have received from shoppers have been very positive. One thing that really makes us happy is when a new owner sends us a testimonial talking about how much they love their car or how they enjoyed our program. We know we’re not yet perfect, but we are confident we’re on the right track.

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Tags: electric vehicles

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