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CLEAN ENERGY BUT NOT CLEAN PROCESS: While offshore-wind energy production is coming on a large scale to the region – pictured here is one of the five Block Island Wind Farm turbines – the contracts involving the electricity are anything but clear. 
 / COURTESY RICH PAYNE

Wind-energy savings obscured by speculation, despite promises

Revolution Wind, developed jointly by Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, is expected to supply enough wind-generated electricity to fill nearly one-quarter of the...

R.I. joins multistate electricity-planning task force

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is one of 15 states to represent the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of State...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management has released a 2019 budget proposal that includes raising fees at state beaches and camping sites. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

DEM proposes to raise fees to fund budget increase

PROVIDENCE – The proposed price hikes for state beaches and camping fees was released Wednesday by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, coinciding with...
A REPORT included with National Grid's filing with R.I. DPUC estimates that the Revolution Wind farm, in tandem with the Connecticut Revolution Wind project and the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, will have a net direct and indirect cost benefit of $91.6 million over more than 20 years. The Block Island Wind Farm is seen in the photograph. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Revolution Wind R.I. benefit projected to include Mass., Conn. projects too

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island says that its proposed contract with Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource will have a net direct and...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has announced an initiative to preserve Rhode Island's state parks and beaches through an increase in investment and an effort to modernize the state properties to accommodate and cater to visitor's expectations and needs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo seeks to modernize, increase investment in state parks, beaches

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced an initiative to modernize and increase investment into the state’s parks and beaches Monday.The governor cited a...
THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island declined 1 cent this week to $2.31 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

R.I. gas prices decline 1 cent, Mass. gas prices tick up...

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 1 cent to $2.29 per gallon this week, 2 cents...
THE U.S. SENATE this week passed a bipartisan public-lands package, which includes language from Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to designate river segments within the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Pictured is a section of the Pawcatuck River in Westerly. / COURTESY WOOD-PAWCATUCK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

Bill to protect Wood-Pawcatuck watershed passes U.S. Senate

HOPKINTON – The U.S. Senate this week voted 92-8 in favor of a bipartisan public-lands package, which includes language from Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., to...
THE RHODE ISLAND Infrastructure Bank has announced $2.85 million in principal forgiveness financing for major water system improvements in the Burrillville villages of Harrisville and Oakland, following the discovery of water contamination.

RIIB provides forgiveness financing in Burrillville following discovery of water contamination

BURRILLVILLE - The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank announced Friday it will provide $2.85 million in principal forgiveness financing for major water system improvements in the...

Can fishing, offshore wind coexist?

How much do offshore wind-energy operations disrupt commercial fishing and how much is that worth?That’s the central question in not only the current talks...

Commission, DEM agree on construction schedule for sewer-overflow tunnel

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett Bay Commission has reached an agreement with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management to start construction of a tunnel under...
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