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Extreme Weather is Making the Power Grid Less Reliable

Our access to food, water, heat and lighting depends on our access to electricity. Therefore, as extreme weather events become more frequent and intense, power outages increase in duration and frequency as well and our access to these living essentials are inhibited. According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, between 2012 and 2016 alone there was a 45% increase in summer outages due to extreme weather…

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Understanding National Electric Rates and Pricing

The rates which people pay for electricity vary depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, industry trends and market changes, as well as time of year. While these rates change in different parts of the country, one thing is for certain: the average American spends hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on electricity. One study found that between five and 22…

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Cannabis Farming and Electric Rates

As more states legalize the use of cannabis for recreational and/or medicinal purposes, it is important to recognize the impact these technological and economic changes have on electric rates. In Massachusetts and across the country, energy consumption has spiked as a byproduct of advancements to cultivate marijuana. While cannabis farming has inarguably revolutionized modern society, it nonetheless has increased the demand for electricity varying per…

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Electric Cars and Bitcoin Mining Energy Consumption

In Governor Baker’s interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030, Massachusetts will ban the sale of new gas powered vehicles. This effort will be made in an attempt to reduce the state’s carbon emissions by 45%, paving the way for the target net-zero emissions by 2050. According to Morgan Folger, director of Zero Carbon Campaign at Environment America, transportation is one of the largest…

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Leasing vs Buying a Solar Energy System

If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy bill or to become less dependent upon the grid, you are probably researching solar energy systems and the costs associated. There are several different payment options for you to choose between: Lease: Renting a solar system from a third party. Solar leasing is when a leasing company installs a solar system with no upfront cost…

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Are Increasing Cyber-Attacks Leaving You Vulnerable?

Cyber-attacks are not as uncommon as most people may think. The fact is that cyber-attacks happen daily, and large cyber-attacks are very real threats that deserve to have more attention focused on how to eliminate the threats, or at the very least how to decrease the impact. Just this month there was a large cyberattack that forced the temporary shut down on a major pipeline…

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Choosing a technology for home energy system with storage: DC coupled vs AC coupled

What exactly is AC and DC coupling? These are ways that solar panels are coupled or linked to a battery system or energy storage. The connection between the solar panels and the energy storage system can use either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC)—two types of voltage which transmit and conduct electricity. AC is when the electricity flows back and forth rapidly in both…

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Be Empowered By a Solar Battery

Summer is quickly approaching and with it also comes hurricane season. Taking a proactive approach and getting prepared ahead of time ensures that you and your family are ready for whatever comes your way. In the past, preparing for storms meant gathering gallons of bottled water, flashlights, batteries, and candles just to name a few. These are still considered important to have on hand, but…

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