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

The Energy Consumer's Bulletin

Even the experts come to the Drive Green program to buy or lease electric cars

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 01:40 PM

Since November 2016, we have helped hundreds of people learn about and buy or lease electric cars at significant discounts. Consumers from all walks of life have come through the Drive Green program. But some of our members, as we like to call them, have expertise in fields such as energy, climate, and electric vehicles (EVs). Here’s what a few have to say.

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Tags: electric vehicles, electric cars

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

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: environmental policy, Massachusetts, energy efficiency

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 efficiency

It’s cold outside. What about EVs?

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 11:42 AM



As you may have noticed, it's gotten to be *really* cold recently. Electric vehicle (EV) performance does change in winter, but so does that of gas-powered cars.

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Tags: electric vehicles

Communities Hitting Home Runs with Green Power

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 03:56 PM

We’ve been saying for a while that communities should exercise their right to choose their electricity supply because it’s a cost-effective way to increase renewable energy content. Today we have further proof that Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) or Community Choice Energy (CCE), whatever you want to call it, works!

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Tags: municipal aggregation

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: electric vehicles

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 we'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

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