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THE R.I. PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION on Monday voted to extend its decision halting utility company shutoffs through April 15, impacting companies such as National Grid Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

R.I. Public Utilities Commission suspends collection activities

WARWICK – The R.I. Public Utilities Commission on Monday voted to temporarily suspend all collection activities for state-regulated utility companies. The decision, made in an...
LARGEST WIND FARM: Green Development owns the turbines that make up Rhode Island’s largest wind farm, the $100 million, seven-turbine project in Johnston, which generates 21 megawatts. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

While delays have hampered offshore wind, land-based turbines loom large in...

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: David Lamb, assistant director of facilities services and utilities for the University of Rhode Island, at a solar array built on the former West Kingston landfill site in South Kingstown. Lamb says the project is the best of both worlds – development of clean energy that helps the state reduce its reliance on fossil fuels without sacrificing the carbon absorption and wildlife habitat benefits of trees. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

URI official: ‘No downside’ to consortium’s 46-MW project

Tucked behind a half-filled student parking lot, partially obscured by chain-link fencing, acres of solar panels are quietly powering a new future for the...

National Grid customers to see electricity bills drop beginning April 1

WARWICK – Rhode Island residents and businesses will see their monthly electricity bills drop significantly beginning April 1. The R.I. Public Utilities Commission on Feb....

PUC approves financial incentive for solar canopies on parking lots

WARWICK – Rhode Island will soon begin offering an extra financial incentive to commercial solar developers who build their ground-mounted canopies over parking lots. The...

R.I. utility companies to buy 50MW of power from Conn. solar...

PROVIDENCE – All three Rhode Island electric companies will share in the power generated by a Connecticut solar development under an agreement announced by...
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With: Terry Sobolewski

Terry Sobolewski | President, National Grid Rhode Island 1. What’s been your greatest challenge since taking the job? I think the greatest challenge we...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO wants state lawmakers to grant authority for regulators to fine National Grid Rhode Island and other utilities for poor performance. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID

Should the state be able to fine National Grid Rhode Island...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says the state may be at a distinct disadvantage in trying to get National Grid Rhode Island to respond quicker...
LACKING LEVERAGE: Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo wants state lawmakers to give Rhode Island’s Department of Public Utilities and Carriers the same authority to fine utilities that Massachusetts and other states have. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

State must have same leverage as Mass. to hold utility accountable

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has had National Grid Rhode Island in her sights since an ­October 2017 storm that left tens of thousands of...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO called on the R.I. General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow the DPUC to fine National Grid in situations such as the Aquidneck Island gas outage of 2018, following a report released by DPUC finding the company partially at fault for the outage. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Raimondo calls for legislative power to fine National Grid

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took National Grid Rhode Island to task over its role in the Aquidneck Island gas outage of 2018,...

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