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THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts remained unchanged this week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

R.I., Mass. gas prices remain unchanged this week

PROVIDENCE - The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline remained unchanged this week, averaging $2.36 per gallon, 6 cents lower than the national...
SNOW KNOCKED out power to thousands of customers in Rhode Island Monday morning. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ROB BORKOWSKI

Snow knocks out power overnight across region, parking bans remain in...

PROVIDENCE – As an early morning storm levels off in the Ocean State, thousands of customers were without power Monday morning, many school days...
GREEN ENERGY: David Lamb, assistant director of utilities management at the University of Rhode Island, and Marcia Garcia, URI’s sustainability officer, stand among a field of solar panels in South Kingstown. The solar array is part of the 40-megawatt South Kingstown Solar Collaboration facility, of which URI is one of three partners. 
 / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I.’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives....

After stints in the California, Nevada and Texas solar-energy industries, Kenny Hsieh learned of the financial incentives offered in Rhode Island, picked up his...
ZOMBIE LEGISLATION: Despite being rejected two years ago by the General Assembly, the city has again proposed monetizing the water it owns to help it pay down long-term obligations to employees. 
 / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WATER SUPPLY BOARD

Elorza money-for-water pension fix should sink

Some ideas won’t die, no matter how bad they are.Two years ago Mayor Jorge O. Elorza floated a plan to create a new state-supported...

Pawtucket accepting applications for free rain barrels

PAWTUCKET – In order to reduce stress on the city’s drainage system, residents will again be able to receive a free rain barrel for...

EPA to begin reviewing 3 R.I. Superfund site cleanups this year

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin conducting required five-year reviews of cleanups at three National Priorities List Superfund sites in Rhode...
THE R.I. COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL voted to approve Vineyard Wind's Consistency Certification Application and proceed with the process for building its 800-megawatt project in water south of Martha's Vineyard.

CRMC approves Vineyard Wind project

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council voted unanimously to approve Vineyard Wind’s Consistency Certification Application at a meeting Tuesday evening, deciding that...
THE RHODE ISLAND INFRASTRUCTURE BANK and The Nature Conservancy have launched a new municipal climate resilience program that will provide technical assistance related to climate resiliency plans and projects, as well as the ability to apply for implementation funds.

Applications being accepted for new municipal climate resilience program

PROVIDENCE - A new municipal climate resilience program has been launched by the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and The Nature Conservancy, the organizations announced...
$2.3 MILLION IN Southeast New England Program Watershed Grants have been made available for 2019.

$2.3M made available for coastal resiliency and clean water projects in...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit Restore America’s Estuaries have made $2.3 million in competitive grants available to restore...

State officials to vote Tuesday on Vineyard Wind project

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council is scheduled Tuesday to vote whether Vineyard Wind’s proposed 84-turbine offshore wind energy farm –...
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