Massachusetts files for immediate adoption of California Clean Trucks regulation

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On 30 December 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced that emergency regulations were filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office for the immediate adoption California’s Advanced Clean Trucks regulation ( earlier post ), which requires an increasing percentage of ZEV truck sales starting with Model Year 2025 and ramping up through Model Year 2035, accelerating the market for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs.

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 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.

An open letter to the Massachusetts Clean Heat Commission

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Energy policy & advocacy MassachusettsAs the Boston Globe recently reported, the Baker administration has appointed a “Clean Heat Commission” (CHC) charged with making recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the building sector.

Another Great Year for Climate Legislation in Massachusetts? Apparently. Let’s Hope.

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In 2021, Governor Baker signed comprehensive climate legislation called An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Climate change

Changes in Store for the Massachusetts State EV Rebate Program

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We have a whole page on our website to explain the federal tax credit (up to $7,500) and Massachusetts state rebate (MOR-EV) for electric vehicles (EVs). If you’re looking for an electric car, you are likely looking for rebates and incentives to help you make the switch too.

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.

Massachusetts may soon host the first US solar on highway sound barriers

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Massachusetts-based Ko-Solar wants to put solar panels in places no one really notices, like on industrial building roofs, in parking lots , and sound barriers on highways. more… The post Massachusetts may soon host the first US solar on highway sound barriers appeared first on Electrek.

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

Massachusetts will host the first US solar on highway sound barriers [Update]

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Massachusetts-based Ko-Solar wants to put solar panels in places no one really notices, like on industrial building roofs, in parking lots , and sound barriers on highways.

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

Moving from Massachusetts to Colorado in an Electric Car

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This summer I moved from Massachusetts to Colorado and decided I was going to make the move in its entirety with just my electric vehicle (EV). I’ve had a 2019 Chevy Bolt for two years now and this was the longest trip I had ever done with it.

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%

Announcing SmartCharge Massachusetts

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FleetCarma is proud to announce the launch of SmartCharge Massachusetts , a new electric vehicle (EV) pilot program in partnership with National Grid. This 500 vehicle profiling study will help establish the driving and charging behaviors of EV owners in Massachusetts.

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 Charging Incentives Just Got Better

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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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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 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

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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

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.

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.

Powering Municipal Aggregation with Offshore Wind

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Last week, with a resounding vote of 144-12, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the Offshore Wind and Clean Ener g y bill. Renewable energy Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts Green municipal aggregation Climate change

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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

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.

Gas Tax Holidays: A Really Bad Idea

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Some politicians in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are calling on their state governments to reduce or eliminate the gas tax in response to rising prices since Russia invaded Ukraine a couple weeks ago.

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Survey: MA residents are ready for a smarter electricity system

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the government body responsible for overseeing the operation of gas and electric utilities, is considering proposals by National Grid and Eversource to modernize the electric grid and support the buildout of EV charging infrastructure.

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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

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

The Code is the Key

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A couple of weeks ago, we wrote that DOER had announced its proposed regulations to up the energy requirements in Massachusetts’ base and stretch energy codes. Energy policy & advocacy Massachusetts

The Public Gets It: We Have to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars

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Massachusetts Electric vehicles/Transportation Climate changeThere’s so much climate-related news right now that it’s hard to keep up: from the negotiations in Glasgow to the details of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the still-to-be-determined future of the Build Back Better Act.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.