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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...
THE CLEAR RIVER ENERGY CENTER, shown here in a rendering from Invenergy Inc., is the subject of state regulatory hearings that resumed this week on the $1 billion proposal./COURTESY INVENERGY

State regulators resume hearings on proposed Burrillville power plant

WARWICK – State regulators resumed public hearings Wednesday on Invenergy Inc.’s proposed natural gas-burning power plant in Burrillville. The $1 billion proposal has pitted...
A FRESH BREEZE SHOULD BLOW: Meetings of the New England Power Pool, a regional energy trade association, should be open to the public, since energy policy is being developed there at the request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Pictured is the Block Island Wind Farm. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Regional power group should open its meetings to the public

Under normal circumstances, industry associations are private organizations, and as such, their gatherings do not fall under standard public-meeting access rules. But not all...
NEW ENGLAND POWER POOL, which represents National Grid Rhode Island and other utility companies in the region, is being pressured to open its proceedings to the public. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

New England energy industry group pressured to hold public meetings

PROVIDENCE – New England Power Pool, which represents utility companies in Rhode Island and throughout the region, is being pressured by a consumer advocacy...
THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION rejected U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s sweeping proposal to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PETE MAROVICH

White House plan to aid coal, nukes rejected by Trump appointees

NEW YORK - The White House’s plan to bail out America’s coal country has been shot down - by the very energy regulators that President Donald...
A RENDERING OF the proposed natural gas-powered electrical plant in Burrillville. / COURTESY INVENERGY LLC

Who’s paying for Invenergy power plant?

A lawsuit filed this month by Invenergy Thermal Development LLC against National Grid Rhode Island and ISO New England is raising new questions for...

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