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R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

R.I. lawmakers lean on quasi-public agencies to help close $134M deficit

PROVIDENCE – R.I. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello is not happy with the $9.2 billion state budget proposed for fiscal 2018. But he is proud...
BRIGHT IDEA: Christopher Morra Sr., president and CEO of National Security, shows off a solar panel system that he said in 2014 had saved the company $8,631 in 13 months. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. lawmakers vote to expand Renewable Energy Growth Program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation to expand a state program that encourages new installation of renewable-energy projects. The legislation –...
REP. DEBORAH L. RUGGIERO, above sponsored House approved legislation that would allow municipalities to negotiate energy contracts with utility companies on behalf of the entire city or town. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

House approves legislation to allow municipalities to negotiate electrical contracts

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House of Representatives last week approved legislation that would allow entire municipalities – including its residents and businesses – to...
NATIONAL GRID PLC has begun a $1.1 billion program to buy back shares according to Bloomberg News.

National Grid starts $1.1B share buy-back program

LONDON – National Grid PLC last week started a program to spend about $1.1 billion buying back shares, according to a Bloomberg report. The London-based...
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

State considering $47M power lines for Burrillville power plant

WARWICK – State regulators are considering a $47.2 million transmission line project to connect the pending 1,000-megawatt, gas-fired power plant in Burrillville to the region’s...
BLUE SPHERE Corp.’s biogas project in Johnston is taking longer to complete than originally estimated.

Blue Sphere biogas project continues in Johnston

JOHNSTON – A North Carolina company is getting closer to finishing a long-anticipated anaerobic digestion facility in Johnston, which will eventually sell biogas energy...
CLEAN AND GREEN: Nat Harris washes The Compost Plant's truck after food scraps were dumped on a compost pile at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. be ready for mandate on composting?

Rhode Island may not be ready for a new statewide composting law that goes into effect Jan. 1, with two needed food-waste-to-energy facilities yet...

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