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

The Energy Consumer's Bulletin

National Grid’s Rate Increase in Rhode Island: Will it Transform the Power Sector?

Posted by Larry Chretien & Kat Burnham on Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 03:53 PM

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Tags: environmental policy, Rhode Island

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: events, renewable energy, electric cars

The best electric car for you: we've got it.

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 01:31 PM

Since we launched Drive Green with Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light in November of 2016, a lot has changed in the electric vehicle market. At launch, we had four electric vehicles (EVs) from three manufacturers available through the program. Now, we’ve got seventeen vehicles from ten manufacturers, and the list is growing all the time! As the options increase, finding the best electric car for you might seem like it’s getting more overwhelming too. But don’t you worry! Here’s a quick who’s-who of the top electric cars available through our program right now.

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Tags: electric vehicles, electric cars

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 efficiency

AG Healey’s Right About Electricity Suppliers

Posted by Larry Chretien on Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

I had the pleasure of being at Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey’s press conference at which she released a report detailing how 500,000 residential consumers who chose competitive electricity suppliers have been ripped off and green-washed. 

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Tags: environmental policy, competitive suppliers

Electric cars are getting easier to charge

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 05:36 PM

The question “but where will I charge?” is one of the biggest sources of apprehension among potential electric vehicle (EV) owners. We at Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light think it doesn’t need to be. After reading this blog post, we really hope that you’ll come to agree that:

  • For most of us, charging our electric car at home can be very easy.

  • Today, there are already a lot of places to charge away from home – probably a lot more than most people think. And they’re easy to find.

  • More public charging stations are being built every day and there are lots more coming in the next 3-5 years.

  • You won’t need to charge as often as you think. Today’s all-electrics have such large ranges that you likely won’t need to charge every night, and even the plug-in hybrids available today have ranges that exceed what most of us drive in a day.

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Tags: electric vehicles, electric cars

What's new with the Drive Green program

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:26 AM


We launched Drive Green with Mass Energy and Drive Green with People’s Power & Light in November 2016 and have been rolling along merrily ever since. Here’s what’s new with our program and the world of electric vehicles (EVs) overall.

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Tags: electric vehicles, electric cars

New Report on Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) in Massachusetts

Posted by Indiana Reid-Shaw on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 03:30 PM

Municipal Aggregation is easier than it sounds. Mass Energy’s new paper explains the nuts and bolts of this bulk purchase of electricity and ways in which several Massachusetts communities are using the GMA model we helped to design to drive demand for new renewables while reducing their own carbon footprints.

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Tags: municipal aggregation

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

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