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During Severe Weather Events, New England Relies on Costly Fossil Fuel

New England’s continued reliance on natural gas generation for electric supply has proven problematic and costly during extreme weather events, such as heat waves and cold snaps.

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Four Reasons Why Now is the Time for Nonprofits to Go Solar

Renewable energy has become a mainstay of power generation across the nation and is continuing to grow rapidly, as states, municipalities, and organizations set ever more ambitious carbon reduction goals.

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The Inflation Reduction Act Changes the Game for Nonprofits and Local Governments

Hot off the heels of the Federal Infrastructure Bill and the CHIPS and Science Act, the newly passed Federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), passed on August 12, 2022, is a nearly $400 billion legislative package that expands tax incentives and discounts for solar, electric vehicles and battery equipment, and other renewable energy resources.

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Mass Fleet Advisor Program

Mass Fleet Advisor, sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, has been created to ease the transition to electric vehicles for medium- and heavy-duty private and commercial fleets in Massachusetts. The program provides free technical assistance to educate fleet owners about available electric vehicles and funding opportunities, as well as assisting them in planning their charging equipment and infrastructure needs.

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Follow the Money: Understanding the Tsunami of Energy Grant Programs in the Infrastructure Act

On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $1.2 trillion piece of legislation with $550 billion in new spending, became law. To help you follow the money, the PowerOptions team has compiled the following list, outlining major upcoming grants included in the new law relating to your energy needs.

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Massachusetts’ New Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan

On January 31, 2022, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved a revised and reinvigorated Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan for the Commonwealth. The dense, almost 400-page order allocates nearly $4 billion in efficiency and demand reduction resources and paves the road for numerous programs set to run from 2022 through the end of 2024.

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Delay of MOPR Elimination Increasing Energy Costs

As in many states across the country, the clock is ticking on making the Commonwealth’s electric grid cleaner. Passed last year, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy requires that Massachusetts cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. To accomplish this, millions of residents and businesses will need to be served by renewable energy sources within the decade.

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Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

Several cities and nonprofit organizations have approached procurement in recent years is by participating in Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (Virtual PPAs or VPPAs) as a cost-effective way to meet carbon emission reduction goals.

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Community Choice Aggregation: A Solution to Greening Your Energy Supply and Saving Money?

Across the country Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), which allows cities and towns to buy electricity on behalf of residents and businesses, is being utilized as a key tool to help consumers address climate change by allowing communities to serve as an energy buyer for their constituents with the goal to provide more affordable and cleaner electricity.

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PowerOptions Comments to DPU on Utilities Phase II EV Program Filings

PowerOptions recognizes our Members’ need for an incentive program that provides essential financial support to help defray the upfront and ongoing costs associated with EV charging equipment and infrastructure. As part of our advocacy work, on September 14th PowerOptions offered the following comments to the Massachusetts Department of Utilities.

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Just The Road Ahead in Rhode Island

The Act on Climate, which was signed into law by Governor McKee in April 2021, has been hailed as the most influential environmental law ever passed in the Ocean State. It is one of several bills that became law this year that will create new opportunities for organizations to bring more clean energy and energy efficiency into their sustainability efforts in the years ahead.

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New Massachusetts Climate Law Brings Opportunities and Incentives

Groundbreaking climate legislation has taken hold in New England. In the first half of the year, the Governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island signed bills that will move the two states towards net-zero emissions. 

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Summer Interns Hired

PowerOptions has recently hired two interns for the summer. Please join us in welcoming Awa Sane-Darboe and Mirna Garza to our energy team!

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