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

The Energy Consumer's Bulletin

Why You Can Start Heating with Biodiesel Today

Posted by Sophia Wright on Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 07:12 AM

We’ve come a long way in understanding the best practices for using biodiesel in our home heating system. Unlike biodiesel used in cars, home biodiesel does not require any do-it-yourself retrofitting for safe use. By reading this blog we hope you can get a better understanding of the benefits of biodiesel and the steps you can take to begin using bio-heat in your home heating oil system!

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Tags: biodiesel

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: events, environmental policy, electric vehicles, pipeline

Why December is the Best Time to Get an Electric Car. Really.

Posted by Larry Chretien on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

 

If you have been thinking about getting a car in the next few weeks or months, let me see if I can persuade to act now through our Drive Green program before the New Year. Here are the reasons:

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Tags: electric vehicles

People Love Their Electric Cars!

Posted by Larry Chretien on Friday, November 25, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

Our Drive Green program is still very new, but already we have some participants who just love their new cars.  If you’ve been wondering whether an EV is right for you, check out what these folks have to say:

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Tags: electric vehicles

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: events, renewable energy, community organizing, Massachusetts

Guest Blog: Demand Response 101 with Mass Energy Volunteer Expert, Elisa Grammer

Posted by Elisa Grammer, Guest Blogger on Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 08:23 AM

For the past year, Elisa Grammer has been helping Mass Energy intervene in proceedings at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). She has assisted our Clean Energy Program Director, Eugenia Gibbons, and Executive Director, Larry Chretien, in writing pleadings related to the Massachusetts three-year energy efficiency plan and electric grid modernization. We have also benefitted from Elisa’s expertise and time in opposing the proposed electricity ratepayer financing of new fracked gas pipeline construction. Even before the release of the reliability study by Analysis Group (commissioned by the AG’s office), Elisa helped Mass Energy argue that utilities should be investing more substantially in energy efficiency and demand response rather than looking to saddle ratepayers with the costs of new gas infrastructure. The Analysis Group report, further validated this point of view and determined that even in a stressed scenario, energy efficiency and demand response both ensure reliability in the cheapest way possible and while delivering environmental benefits, too.

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Tags: environmental policy, Massachusetts, energy efficiency

November 8 is One Big Reason Nonprofits Exist

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 12:15 PM

 

The election results have many of us contemplating how we should respond, personally and professionally. I don’t have it all figured out, but here are some early thoughts.

November 8 notwithstanding, Americans strongly favor renewable energy and energy efficiency over fossil fuels and nuclear power. Opinion surveys demonstrate that quite clearly. Furthermore, surveys show that the more people know about things like wind power, solar, LEDs and electric cars, the more they prefer them over things that are hazardous to our planetary and bodily health. So whatever else it was, the election was not a referendum on energy issues.

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Tags: environmental policy

Even Renters can take advantage of a free home energy assessment!

Posted by Sophia Wright on Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

As a twenty-something renting an apartment, I personally don’t have much incentive to update my heating system or install insulation for the sake of energy efficiency. In fact, since I do not own the apartment, I would need my landlord to authorize any large scale construction projects. That being said, it was still worth the two hours I took out of a workday to get a no-cost home energy assessment of my two-bedroom apartment.  And it paid off!  The time was well spent.

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Tags: energy efficiency

Drive an EV now: group buy discounts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Posted by Larry Chretien & Erin Taylor on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 @ 03:38 PM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are ready today. And in the nick of time. Experts now say that widespread adoption of electric cars is necessary to solve the problem of climate change. Through Drive Green with Mass Energy (MA) and Drive Green with People's Power & Light (RI), you can purchase or lease an EV at a discounted price.

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Tags: renewable energy, energy efficiency

Resilient Rhode Island Act in Action

Posted by Kat Burnham on Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

The Resilient Rhode Island Act mandates that Rhode Island take active steps to mitigate and reduce the impacts of climate change. The Act passed in 2014 with widespread support from the environmental and clean energy communities, including People’s Power & Light.

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Tags: environmental policy, Rhode Island

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