Protestors urge state regulators to deny winter energy rate hikes

GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE (far left) speaks to the R.I. Public Utilities Commission on Friday at a public hearing about proposed increases in winter energy rates. /SCREENSHOT
WARWICK – Utility shutoffs. Homelessness. Even death. These were among the dire predictions that local residents, advocacy groups and lawmakers warned would result from increases to winter energy bills during a packed public hearing on Friday. The more than three-hour meeting featured impassioned testimony in which many urged state utility regulators to reject Rhode Island…

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