Massachusetts electric school bus delivered power back to grid for 50+ hours over the summer; V2G

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An electric school bus in Beverly, Massachusetts, successfully delivered power back to the electricity grid for more than 50 hours over the course of the summer using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

Siemens’ Russelectric adds EV charging to Massachusetts renewable microgrid

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Russelectric, a manufacturer of distributed energy and microgrid control systems for mission-critical commercial facilities that was acquired by Siemens in 2018, has added electrical vehicle charging capabilities at its Hingham, Massachusetts, facility.


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Massachusetts needs more EV charging. Electric utilities have a plan.

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In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the public agency responsible for utility oversight, will review the ideas and decide whether the proposals will be executed as is or with modifications.

New Electric Truck Incentives in Massachusetts

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New Incentive for Electric Trucks in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) recently announced that the popular rebate program for electric vehicles, MOR-EV , will now offer incentives for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks too.

Guest Blog: How Massachusetts cities & towns are leading our transition to clean energy

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As mayors representing a diverse group of communities across Massachusetts, we are in a unique position to be on the front lines of how the big global issues manifest from block to block in our neighborhoods. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Green municipal aggregation Climate change

Guest Option: How Massachusetts cities & towns are leading our transition to clean energy

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As mayors representing a diverse group of communities across Massachusetts, we are in a unique position to be on the front lines of how the big global issues manifest from block to block in our neighborhoods. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Green municipal aggregation Climate change

EV road-trip fast charging is expensive, and Massachusetts aims to tackle why

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A new Massachusetts state law aims to address one of the main reasons why. DC fast charging can make owning an electric car more convenient, but the cost of using it can be substantially higher than slower Level 2 AC charging.

Massachusetts announces additional $2M for electric vehicle rebate program

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An additional $2 million will be allocated to the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program. The electric vehicle rebate program, administered by the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER), offers rebates of up to $2,500 to Massachusetts residents who buy or lease electric vehicles. This funding aims to help meet Massachusetts’ goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector 7.6%

Say Yes at the DPU part Two: A Modern Grid and Smart Meters for Massachusetts

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A few days ago, we posted a blog about the proposals by Massachusetts’ investor-owned?utility In the coming months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will?deliberate utility companies (Eversource, National Grid, and?Unitil) Unitil) to expand their electric vehicle?(EV)?programs?through

Massachusetts Charging Incentives Just Got Better

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Massachusetts selects California center to administer to ZEV incentive program

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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has selected the nonprofit, California-based Center for Sustainable Energy to administer a new incentive program aimed at increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles commonwealth residents own. The Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program will provide up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs). Currently, Massachusetts residents drive more than 3,600 EVs.

Massachusetts state agencies increase deployment of XL Hybrids technology to 52 fleet vehicles

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XL Hybrids announced its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System will be installed in 52 vehicles that serve five Massachusetts state agency fleets. The hybrid-electric vehicles will be deployed at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Massachusetts Environmental Police, Department of Correction (DOC), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Department of Youth Services (DYS).

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XL Hybrids upfit system now available to state & municipal fleets in all 50 states via Massachusetts public fleet contract

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XL Hybrids announced that the company has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division (OSD), to be a vendor on the newly released Advanced Vehicle Technology statewide contract VEH102. This multi-year contract allows public fleets nationwide to purchase the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System as both an upfit and retrofit product through an established public contracting mechanism with competitive volume pricing.

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Massachusetts approves testing of Optimus Ride Level 4 autonomous vehicles in Boston

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Optimus Ride, a MIT spinoff company developing self-driving technology, recently received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to test highly automated vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts awarding $15.5M to alternative fuel vehicles and projects; $1.8M for 8 electric school buses

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In December, the Patrick Administration awarded grants and announced new investments in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot. The grant program, available to public and private fleets, will be administered by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and funded with $11.7

Should Massachusetts phase out rebates for new oil- and gas-fired systems for heat and hot water?

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Recently I was asked by the Boston Globe to write 350 words on why the Mass Save energy efficiency program should phase out rebates for new oil-fired systems for heat and hot water. Another writer took the opposite view and readers were invited to vote for their preferred argument.

Massachusetts To Offer Rebates For Plug-In Electric-Car Purchases

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Massachusetts is about to give its residents a reason to plug in. A rebate program for electric-car purchases was announced last week by Governor Deval Patrick, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (via the Sierra Club). The program will provide state residents who buy or lease a new plug-in car with a rebate of up to $2,500 at the

Nissan Forms EV Partnership with Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Nissan is entering into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to promote the development of an electric-vehicle charging network and policies to support widespread adoptions of electric cars. As part of the agreement, Nissan and the State of Massachusetts will develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric cars that encourages home and workplace charging, as well as a public charging infrastructure.

Massachusetts sets ambitious emissions goal

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The Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles has outlined an ambitious state wide greenhouse gas emissions limit for 2020. Global warming Green cars Latest news emission goals emission standards greenhouse gas emissions Massachusetts transportation emissionsAccording to the Global Warming Solutions Act, emissions must be 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Why state policy should favor municipal aggregation

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I n both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the following facts prevail about our electricity supply options: Massachusetts Green municipal aggregation Rhode Island

Tesla Gets Green Light To Open Store In Natick, Massachusetts

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After more than an hour of discussion last night, the town selectmen of Natick, Massachusetts, voted 4-1 to grant a license to sell cars to Tesla Motors Massachusetts. The local company, which the Selectmen concluded was legally separate from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], will operate out of a property on West Central Street in the town. Tesla has

California, Massachusetts Named Most Energy-Efficient States

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California, Massachusetts and Oregon have been named the top-rated states for energy efficiency, while New York, Vermont, Washington, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Maine rounded out the top ten. That's according to the annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a

Massachusetts to Accept Only Waste-Derived Biofuels to Qualify for Mandate for Diesel and Home Heating Oil

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Only biofuels derived from waste feedstocks will initially be considered to qualify as an advanced biofuel to meet the Massachusetts Biofuels Mandate for diesel and home heating oil, according to the plan unveiled by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), in coordination with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to require biofuel in home heating fuel.

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What Mass. gets right (and wrong) about transportation in the Clean Energy & Climate Plan

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If you follow Massachusetts climate policy, you’re probably not very happy with Governor Baker for his recent veto of the Climate Roadmap bill. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Electric vehicles/Transportation

Massachusetts sets state GHG emissions limit for 2020 at 25% below 1990 levels, releases plan with additional measures, including Pay As You Drive auto insurance

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Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles has set the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit for 2020 required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 at 25% below 1990 levels, the maximum authorized by the Act, saying that measures already in place will get Massachusetts much of the way toward that goal. Massachusetts already has. Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan.

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Be A Fan Of Fans

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Massachusetts Electricity and the grid Energy efficiency Rhode IslandCompared to parts of the country that have much greater summer cooling needs, New Englanders have more options to keep ourselves comfortable affordably and sustainably.

Massachusetts Governor Proposes $0.19 Increase in State Fuel Tax to Support Transportation Projects

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As part of a comprehensive reform plan to simplify the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ transportation system, Governor Deval Patrick is proposing a fuel tax increase of $0.19 That would give Massachusetts the highest gasoline tax in the US, and the fourth highest tax on diesel (behind Hawaii, New York and Connecticut), according to recent figures from the American Petroleum Institute.

Tell your MA state Legislator to get engaged on clean transportation!

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As frequent readers of our blog will know, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Electric vehicles/Transportation Climate changeThe cars, trucks, and buses on our roads are also responsible for pollution that c auses direct and widespread harm to human health – harm that disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color.

An electric school bus helps power grid in a first for this New England utility


The utility company National Grid has leveraged an electric school bus to help meet peak demand for electricity for the first time, in Beverly, Massachusetts. The National Grid supplies electricity to Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

Governor Baker - your climate bill veto was based on bad accounting

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Energy policy & advocacy MassachusettsOn January 14, Governor Baker pocket vetoed Senate Bill 2995, An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Climate Policy. The bill was passed by the legislature too late in the session to override the veto.

Is It A Hybrid Or Electric Car? In Massachusetts, Check The Plate

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These days, unless you’re an ardent fan of hybrid or electric cars, it can be pretty hard to tell them apart from their gasoline equivalents. For the average motorist it isn’t an issue, but for first responders attending the scene of an accident, it’s important to know what a crashed car is powered by. Which is why the state of

President Biden Clears Way for States to Curb Vehicle Pollution

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Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Luke Tonachel President Biden is following through on his promise to re-establish the long-held authority of governors to adopt vehicle pollution regulations to protect the health and welfare of people in their states.

Boston-Power Pursuing $100M in Federal Funds for Li-Ion Plant in Massachusetts; Introduces High-Energy Swing for EVs and PHEVs

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maker of the long-lasting, fast-charging Sonata Li-ion battery for laptops, is planning to build a 455,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Auburn, Massachusetts that would complement its existing China-based operations. With support from Massachusetts officials, Boston-Power is seeking approximately $100 million under the US Department of Energy’s advanced battery and cell manufacturing grant program established as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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How good is the Mass. Clean Energy and Climate Plan for cleaning up the grid?

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Renewable energy Energy policy & advocacy MassachusettsThe Baker a dministration released their ten-year Clean Energy & Climate Plan (CECP), which is open for comment through February 22.

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General Motors Invests In Li-Metal Anode Developer SES


SES and GM will build a manufacturing prototyping line in Woburn, Massachusetts

Mass. residents, we need you to act on the Clean Energy & Climate Plan

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In December 2020, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs filed its first draft of the 2030 Clean Energy & Climate Plan (CECP). Energy policy & advocacy MassachusettsThe plan outlines specific strategies to ensure that the state’s carbon emission limit is met by 2030. Although it's a good first draft, public comment and participation can steer the final draft to be even better.

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This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

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sales dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships MassachusettsA major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them. Given the need to educate different staff on a new type of vehicle, explain the associated incentives, and respond to numerous customer questions, electric cars require dealers to invest more time than.

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Autonomous Renault Zoe electric car to be tested in Boston by nuTonomy

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Renault Autonomous cars plug-in cars Massachusetts Renault Zoe self-driving carsThe Renault Zoe electric car isn't sold in the U.S., but it will make an appearance on the streets of one U.S. city very soon. The battery-electric subcompact hatchback will serve as an autonomous-driving test bed for nuTonomy, a startup founded by researchers from MIT. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of.

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Why Electric Cars Are Rare Outside CA: Arcane 'Travel Provision' Rule

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New York California California Air Resources Board CARB plug-in cars Zero Emission Vehicle Connecticut MassachusettsThe sparsity of cars with plugs has been one of the biggest frustrations for Northeastern electric-car shoppers and advocates. While California buyers can choose among roughly two dozen different battery-electric and plug-in hybrid offerings, just a handful are available outside the state. And that's despite nine Northeastern states having adopted.

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Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

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April 2 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions. Carbon Footprint emissions laws EPA global warming lawsuit climate change carbon dioxide regulation MassachusettsAnniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future.

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Buyers in seven Northeast states urged to consider electric cars

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New York Marketing New York Auto Show plug-in cars New Jersey Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island Vermont New HampshireWhen companies want to sell more of something, they market it. Now, at long last, electric cars are about to get the same treatment. Following an announcement at the New York International Auto Show last week, 16 major automakers are joining forces with seven states to promote sales of electric vehicles to consumers. The Alliance for Automobile.

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Sites of four Northeast hydrogen fueling stations announced by Air Liquide

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New York Infrastructure hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell Connecticut MassachusettsCalifornia is the only U.S. state with substantial hydrogen fueling infrastructure, but now one company is giving the Northeast some attention. Air Liquide plans to open a small network of public hydrogen fueling stations in three Northeastern states by early 2017. The company—which has installed around 75 stations globally—will.

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Now might be a good time to trade in your ICE bucket for a new electric car

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If you’re like 9 9 % of Massachusetts and Rhode Island drivers, the car you own no w has an internal combustion engine (ICE) that runs on gasoline.