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The Energy Consumer's Bulletin

It’s Time to Get Charged Up: Getting Ready for Electric Vehicles and Modernizing the Grid

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

We’ve written several blog posts about the environmental, health, and economic benefits of electric vehicles. Understanding these benefits helps to drive consumer demand for EVs, which helps to accelerate their adoption. When it comes to fully transitioning away from gas-powered cars, consumer demand is one piece of the equation, but the build-out of charging infrastructure is the other. There are important decisions to be made in this regard.  Here I explain what is taking place and how you can weigh in to the public process.

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Tags: renewable energy, Massachusetts, electric vehicles

Electric Vehicles as a Public Health Tool

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

We talk a lot about the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to fight climate change. We run programs and support policies in an effort meet our states' greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals: in Massachusetts, the statutory requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act, in Rhode Island, the Resilient Rhode Island Act. With our climate going haywire (see the record-setting droughts, floods, and heat waves of 2016) and the emissions reductions of electric vehicles, climate change is one of the reasons we launched Drive Green with Mass Energy and People's Power & Light. But, setting climate change aside for a moment (a big ask, we know), replacing internal combustion engines on our roads with electric vehicles should still be a state priority. Why?

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Tags: electric vehicles

Labs of Democracy: the State's Role in Energy Policy

Posted by Larry Chretien on Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 02:28 PM

In a 1932 Supreme Court decision Judge Louis Brandeis famously wrote in a dissenting opinion, “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

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Tags: renewable energy, environmental policy, electric vehicles, energy efficiency

Emissions from Electric Cars Will Decrease Every Year – Isn’t that Cool? Here’s how.

Posted by Larry Chretien & Katy Kidwell on Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 03:27 PM

Before we get into how electric cars can run on sunshine and wind power, let’s talk about old-fashioned cars that run only on gasoline engines. Some good news is that because of federal fuel efficiency standards (known as Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency), cars in 2025 will be much more efficient, on average, than today. Officially, carmakers will have to meet a standard of 54.5 miles on average for passenger cars and light trucks in 2025, which is about what a Toyota Prius (the version that does not plug-in) gets today. If we focus on emissions of carbon dioxide, the average new non-electric car in 2030 will emit about 182 grams per mile, down from 248 grams in 2017. That’s a nice reduction in carbon emissions of about a third.

The bad news is that we need to do much better. Don’t despair, because we have more good news. We can do much better, by adopting electric vehicles, whether they are plug-in hybrids (like the Chevy Volt or Prius Prime (which does plug-in) or all-electric battery powered (like a Tesla, the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt).

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Tags: electric vehicles

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

Electric Vehicles: Choice, Change, and Charging Ahead!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 01:50 PM

You’ve heard a lot from us about why now is the time to buy an electric vehicle. Running an electric vehicle produces fewer emissions than a conventional vehicle.   Therefore, we see the need to dramatically accelerate the market for EVs in order to meet the greenhouse gas targets set for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Tags: electric vehicles

Why 2016 Is the Time to Buy an Electric Vehicle

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 04:44 PM

2016 is the time to buy an electric vehicle. Why? Technology has made huge advances, costs have come down, and federal and state policies will help support your purchase. And if we want to meet our greenhouse gas emission goals, we need to electrify our transportation as quick as we can.

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Tags: electric vehicles

Having Our Cake and Eating It Too: How to use your heating oil savings wisely

Posted by Larry Chretien on Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 07:27 PM

Members of our discount heating oil program are enjoying prices that are about 40 cents less than the average full-service dealer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Compared to last year, our members are paying over a $1 less per gallon. According to state surveys, the average price paid by consumers for heating oil has fallen about 75 cents, which is not quite as much as the savings for Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light members.

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Tags: heating oil, renewable energy, electric vehicles, energy efficiency

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