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GASOLINE PRICES in Rhode Island and Massachusetts fell 3 cents per gallon since last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

R.I., Mass. gas prices fall, but attack on Saudi facility likely...

PROVIDENCE – While the attacks on two major Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend have had a significant impact on global oil supply,...
FIELDS POINT on Providence’s waterfront is where National Grid Rhode Island has started construction on a natural gas “liquefaction” facility to better meet the region’s needs for electricity and heating, especially on the coldest days of the year, the company says./COURTESY/NATIONAL GRID PLC

National Grid all in on natural gas

For all the talk about renewable energy in Rhode Island, the state’s largest utility is doubling down on natural gas.Without announcements or fanfare, National...

Americans won’t pay carbon taxes

Much has been made of the willingness of Democratic presidential candidates to risk taking positions that aren’t popular with voters at large in order...

Reed announces $170K to R.I. to improve dam safety

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $169,542 in federal dam-safety grant funding to rehabilitate, repair or remove high-hazard potential dams, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...
REALLY NOT NEEDED? The proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville was rejected over the summer by state regulators after the company proposing to build it, Invenergy, could not prove to the state Energy Facility Siting Board that it was needed. Now a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute questions whether nearly all plants across the nation such as this will be economically feasible at all within a decade and a half, thus supporting more investments in renewable energy. / COURTESY INVENERGY LLC

Should Rhode Island – or any state – be permitting new...

A study released Sept. 9 said that by 2035 it will be more expensive to operate 90% of natural gas-fired power plants being considered...
SAVE THE BAY expects more than 2,500 volunteers to donate time to the International Coastal Cleanup effort in Rhode Island this year. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY

Save The Bay expects over 2.5K volunteers for coastal cleanups

PROVIDENCE – Efforts related to the International Coastal Cleanup will take place from September to October, and are expected to draw more than 2,500...
GASOLINE PRICES in Rhode Island and Massachusetts fell 3 cents per gallon since last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

R.I., Mass. gas prices dip 4 cents this week

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 4 cents this week to $2.52 per gallon, 4 cents...
ACCORDING TO a new study, by 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. than it will be to build new wind and solar farms equipped with storage systems. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARTIN DIVISEK

Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study...

SAN FRANCISCO – Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable...

Not all economists are corporate shills

The economics profession gets a lot of the blame for the increasing inequality in American society. Yet the career of Harvard University economist Martin...

Tidal power projects slow down as offshore wind power jumps ahead

PROVIDENCE – Tidal- and wave-energy programs at Brown University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and University of Rhode Island have ramped down research and commercial...
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