Energy policy

Polices and programs go hand in hand

Green Energy Consumers advocates for pro-environment, pro-consumer policies with a unique perspective. We offer a variety of programs that consumers and communities can tap directly into – renewable energy, electric vehicles (EVs), green municipal aggregation, and much more. From these programs and the experiences of participants like you, we learn a lot about how public policies can be improved. And that builds our credibility with policymakers.

Our policy goals

Renewable energy

Support renewable energy

Renewable energy laws and incentive programs reduce emissions while jumpstarting the clean energy economy. We monitor, suggest improvements for, and advocate to strengthen key policies, such as long-term offshore wind contracts and (in MA) the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard & SMART program and (in RI) the Renewable Energy Standard & Renewable Energy Growth program.

Investing in energy efficiency

Invest in energy efficiency

Energy efficiency polices are the foundation of the low-carbon future, since the cheapest and cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use. We advocate for well-funded and well-designed utility efficiency programs, the latest appliance standards, and updated building codes.

drive green

Decarbonize and electrify heating and transportation

Transportation has overtaken electricity generation as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and heating is right on its heels. Electrifying these sectors is essential.

climate justice

Justice in the transition to clean energy

We must ensure that our clean energy systems work for everyone. Our historic dependence on fossil fuels has disproportionately harmed low-income communities and black, Indigenous, and people of color, so we support remedies to that injustice. And while we fight climate change, we prioritize policies that fairly share the benefits and costs of clean energy.

Blog: Climate Change and Racism

Recent Advocacy Posts

Aug 24, 2020

Rhode Island Needs a Better Energy Efficiency Plan

Aug 11, 2020

Strengthen the Roadmap Bill: Our comments for the MA legislature

Jul 7, 2020

Appliance Standards & Shave the Peak: Action Week for Efficiency

Jul 2, 2020

The Violence of Pollution: The Injustice of Rolling Back Clean Air Protections

Jun 27, 2020

Massachusetts Expands MOR-EV Program

Watch: Our Spring Meeting with RI climate policy experts

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