Rhode Islanders:  National Grid is still your utility, at least for now.

Green Energy Consumers

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Brian Stern put a pause on PPL's purchase of Rhode Island's electric and gas utility from National Grid. Energy policy & advocacy Electricity and the grid Rhode Island

Governor McKee, Rhode Island needs you to sign the Act On Climate

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Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island Climate changeLast week was a huge step forward for climate action in New England.

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Rhode Island Bill Creates Roadmap to Advance Future of Electric Transportation

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Last week , Rhode Island legislators Sen. Following Rhode Island’s withdrawal from the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the bill represents a new approach to tackling pollution from transportation, the region’s largest source of emissions.

RI Action Alert: Key clean energy legislation coming to a vote in Rhode Island! 

Green Energy Consumers

There are only a few weeks left in Rhode Island’s legislative session, which means we must act urgently to pass crucial legislation for climate action. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

National Grid wants to Sell Its Rhode Island Business. Is that in the public interest?

Green Energy Consumers

In its deal with PPL, National Grid hopes to gain PPL’s business in the U nited Kingdom in exchange for Rhode Island’s electric and gas customers. Electricity and the grid Rhode Island

Tesla wins another, licensed to sell electric cars in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island will allow the direct sale of Teslas and has issued a state dealer license to the company to open a dealer in Warwick. Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws Rhode IslandTesla can now add another notch to its sales board. Additionally, the city itself issued its own license to the electric-vehicle manufacturer, which plans to take over the former site of a Hyundai dealer in the city.

RI, Get Ready: the EV Rebate is Coming Back

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This program is desperately needed, as Rhode Island has the lowest EV adoption rate in all of New England (and much of the US). Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

What the Sale of Narragansett Electric Means for RI's Clean Energy Future

Green Energy Consumers

One of the biggest questions in Rhode Island’s clean energy future is on the verge of conclusion: will Pennsylvania-based utility PPL succeed in buying National Grid’s Rhode Island electric and gas utilities? Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

Dirty money from polluters funds clean-car incentives in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is one of the many states to offer purchase rebates for new electric cars. Under the recently introduced Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) incentive program, buyers can get up to $2,500 for their electric-car purchases. energy policy incentives plug-in cars transportation policy Rhode Island

3 Climate Policies to Get RI Back on Track for 2030

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Rhode Island is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. And it underscores the challenge before Rhode Island in meeting the 2021 Act on Climate mandate of 45% emissions reductions from the 1990 baseline in 2030.

Is the 2022 RI budget good for climate action?

Green Energy Consumers

Energy policy & advocacy Rhode IslandRI’s administration needs to get real on climate funding, because the Governor’s budget doesn’t.

Gas Tax Holidays: A Really Bad Idea

Green Energy Consumers

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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RI Needs to Assess the Climate Impacts of Transportation Spending

Green Energy Consumers

Transportation is the largest source of climate-warming emissions in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so Green Energy Consumers Alliance is focused on finding policy solutions to advance low-carbon alternatives to gasoline. Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island Receiving More Than $24.2M in Recovery Funding for Transit Hybrids

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority ( RIPTA ) will receive more than $24.2 The federal funding, provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will also be used by RIPTA for capital maintenance and to upgrade public transportation throughout Rhode Island. Established in 1966, RIPTA is authorized to operate public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

An Opportunity for RI: Four Bills to Act on Climate

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Now, Rhode Island has an exciting and urgent challenge ahead of it: meeting the binding climate goals set by this landmark legislation. Energy policy & advocacy Rhode Island

Your chance to influence RI's EV charging plan

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A bill passed in June 2021 requires the state of Rhode Island to develop a plan to improve statewide access to electric vehicle (EV) charging by January 1, 2022. Energy policy & advocacy Electric vehicles/Transportation Rhode Island

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.

Act On Climate was a big step for RI. Now let’s work quickly to implement it

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Energy policy & advocacy Rhode IslandYou may be reading more about climate policy in the news because of COP26, the global conference in Glasgow to address the climate crisis hosted by the United Nations.

Smallest state poses big question: natural gas or renewable energy?

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Rhode Island is in the midst of deciding whether to continue getting a large portion of energy from fossil fuels, or to switch to renewable energy. emissions natural gas renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandThe smallest U.S. state now faces a big question on energy policy. Those options are represented by two competing projects: a large natural-gas power plant, and an offshore wind farm. DON'T MISS: Dirty.

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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.

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

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Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which drives up energy costs for the people who live there. energy infrastructure renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandWhen it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. That creates a powerful incentive for switching to renewable sources, and often means there's little if any local competition.

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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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The first US offshore wind farm has had no negative effect on fish, finds groundbreaking study

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Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island is the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm began commercial operations in December 2016 and generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

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

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The National Grid supplies electricity to Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. 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 Transportation Climate Initiative is on life support. Do states have better ideas for reducing transportation emissions?

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When that news hit, we knew it was going to put pressure on the governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to follow suit. We haven’t yet heard from Rhode Island Governor McKee, but we anticipate a similar statement.

Action Alert: Stand up for Clean Trucks!

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If you’re a Massachusetts or Rhode Island resident, there is an opportunity for you to take action in February in support of heavy-duty vehicle electrification. Rhode Islanders, we need you to push for the adoption of these rules too!)

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.

Nevada Governor signs multi-state medium- and heavy-duty ZEV MOU to accelerate transportation electrification in state

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Rhode Island. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing Nevada to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs).

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What’s Plan B for active mobility?  

Green Energy Consumers

In November 2021, the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island withdrew support for the program. The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state effort to phase down our dependence on gasoline and diesel fuels and to kickstart investments for cleaner, more affordable transportation options. We're disappointed because without TCI, it's unclear how the states will achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet their climate goals.

Best Green Energy Blogs & Webinars of 2021

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We're also advocates for excellent climate policies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our non-profit organization is committed to educating people about climate-friendly behaviors and technologies. Here are our most useful and popular blogs and webinars of 2021.

Check out these 3 fun US summer road-trip ideas (with charge points)

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Seven out of 10 Americans plan on taking road trips this summer.

The math on fuel savings

Green Energy Consumers

The average driver in Massachusetts or Rhode Island saves about $600 in a typical year by switching to an electric car for two reasons: Electricity is cheaper than gasoline. The fast rise in gas prices is making lots of people consider switching to an electric vehicle.

3 East Coast states and DC first to participate in TCI-P cap-and-invest program for transportation

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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and the mayor of the District of Columbia announced that theirs will be the first jurisdictions to launch a new multi-state program that the principals expect will invest some $300 million per year in cleaner transportation choices.

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Where to learn about electric cars? Radio, online, in-person & more

Green Energy Consumers

Electric vehicles are already a smart and practical choice for many drivers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. However, the conventional wisdom is that electric cars aren't ready for primetime yet. For this reason, in addition to offering discounts on electric vehicle purchases, our Drive Green program spreads awareness about the benefits of EVs, including cleaner air , a safer climate , better driving experience , and lower cost of ownership. Electric vehicles/Transportation

USDA invests $26 million in biofuel infrastructure to expand availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in 23 states

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The announcement includes investments in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states.

States with the highest and lowest truck traffic on interstate highways

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Rhode Island. Rhode Island. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This analysis examined truck traffic as the percentage of all traffic on interstate highways in the individual states and the District of Columbia. The calculations combined the percentages of vehicle distances traveled by single-unit trucks and combination trucks (but not light trucks) published by the Federal Highway Administration. The data are for 2019.

Wyoming leads in vehicle miles traveled per person

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The states that follow the District of Columbia with the lowest levels of VMT per person are New York, Alaska, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

ICCT report quantifies emissions benefits if 12 states & DC adopt slate of California medium- and heavy-duty vehicle regulations

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The signatories are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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EGEB: GE finalizes contracts for phase 3 of world’s largest offshore wind farm

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Rhode Island gets more than 100 megawatts of solar as it works toward 100% clean electricity by 2030. In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): GE will provide 87 Haliade-X 14 MW for the third and final phase of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

What's Plan B for better transit?

Green Energy Consumers

In November 2021, the governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island pulled out of the program.

DOT and DOE announce nearly $5B over 5 years for new national EV charging network; $615M in FY2022

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Rhode Island. The US Departments of Transportation and Energy announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to build out a national electric vehicle charging network. The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System.

Audi of America and Arcadia offer renewable energy subscription with e-tron or e-tron Sportback lease or purchase

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In select markets within Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, Arcadia’s platform connects qualifying customers to community solar projects in their area.