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Today the Green Energy Consumers Alliance sent out its first “Shave the Peak” alert of summer 2020. Please consider signing up here to get these alerts to your phone or email. It reads:

Summer’s first peak will be today from 3 – 7pm. Help us avoid dirty power plants coming online by keeping your electricity use low during those hours.

  • If you’re leaving the house, double-check appliances and your thermostat before you go.
  • AC is the biggest energy user. You can pre-cool your home with AC in the morning, then turn it up a few degrees at 3pm; or set your programmable thermostat to do that!
  • Don’t run high-energy appliances like washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers during peak.
  • If you have one, don’t charge your electric car during peak.

They alert people who have expressed a willingness to voluntarily reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours (3-7pm). Doing so reduces the need to run the so-called “peaker plants,” the power generators of last resort that are tuned on only for the highest demand hours. These power plants are generally the dirtiest, including for example the coal-fired plant in Bow, NH that has been the target of multiple non-violent direct actions.

In addition, peak hours have such a big impact on our electricity costs that just 1% of the hours in the year account for 8% of the costs, and 10% account for 40%. More information on how to shave the peak and why it is important is available here.

The Green Energy Consumers Alliance (GECA) is also a great resource for other information, benefits, and ways to make a difference…

Perhaps the easiest & biggest way you can reduce your household’s carbon footprint is to sign up with GECA for 100% green electricity. It takes only a few minutes online. For the cost of only a few additional cents per kilowatt hour, you are thereby driving construction of more green energy capacity in New England. Why that matters  — and why you shouldn’t be fooled by “green” offers from deceptive vendors like CleanChoice Energy — is explained here.

To make another another big impact, you can get information on all-electric vehicles and a substantial discount for buying one.

GECA also has information and resources related to energy efficiency, community choice aggregation, and other energy topics related to fighting climate change at home, work, and in your community.

But first, sign up and help to Shave the Peak! 

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.