Rhode Island regulators approve steep electric rate increase; will phase in over 12 months

By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  | Utility regulators have approved a steep increase in electricity rates but will spread the costs out over all of next year to ease the impact on consumers. The Rhode Island State Public Utilities Commission approved National Grid’s request Tuesday. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1B2pygD ) that opponents packed the room, … Read more

State to decide on electricity rate hike

By: Associated Press | Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide Tuesday whether electricity rates for National Grid customers will increase 24 percent next month. The commission last week considered the rate-hike request at a 2½-hour meeting where audience members chanted ‘‘just say no.’’ The George Wiley Center, a poverty advocacy group in … Read more

Electricity rate hike in RI draws protesters

By: MySanAntonio.com | A proposed 24 percent hike in electric rates drew protesters to a public hearing before Rhode Island regulators. A crowd chanted “just say no” during the 2 ½-hour meeting of the Public Utilities Commission Tuesday in Warwick. Thomas Kogut, a spokesman for the PUC, has said many regional utility companies have filed … Read more

Legislators Object to National Grid’s Proposed 23.6 Electricity Rate Hike

Legislators from across Rhode Island are objecting to National Grid’s proposed 23.6 percent electricity rate hike. By: Mark Schieldrop | Legislators from across Rhode Island are objecting to the rate hike proposed by National Grid that could raise electricity rates by nearly 24 percent this winter. “There just doesn’t seem to be any concern on … Read more

National Grid seeks 23.6-percent rate hike for Rhode Island electric customers

By: ALEX KUFFNER | Most Rhode Islanders would see their electric bills increase dramatically in January under a proposal National Grid submitted to state regulators on Wednesday. With prices for natural gas used for electric generation this winter expected to match or even exceed last winter, the typical Rhode Island household that uses 500 kilowatt … Read more

Electricity rates to spike in Massachusetts; RI may follow

By: Shannon Hegy | Starting on Saturday, National Grid customers in Massachusetts will have to dig deeper into their wallets as a significant price hike takes effect, and we’ve learned Rhode Island customers could also face higher rates by the start of the new year. The skyrocketing prices will likely strain family budgets, and businesses … Read more

Rhode Island Wind Farm Approved

By: Kathleen Tracy | The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACORE) has approved Deepwater Wind’s 30MW offshore wind farm in Rhode Island. Located approximately three miles off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm will feature Alstom’s 5 6MW Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore turbines, including tower sections. ACORE, the lead permitting agency for the … Read more

Power on, NESCOE

By: Telegram.com | The purpose of the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) is straightforward, including, in the words of their regional cooperation statement, the advancement of “a regional energy infrastructure initiative that diversifies our energy supply portfolio while ensuring that the benefits and costs of transmission and pipeline investments are shared appropriately among … Read more