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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,...
NATIONAL GIRD reported that over 35,000 customers lost power due to high winds on Thursday evening. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Winds, rain knock out power across southern New England

BOSTON (AP) – High winds and rains on Halloween night knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, brought down trees and forced...
NATIONAL GRID Rhode Island's natural gas charges will decrease from current rates starting Nov. 1. The average retail customer will see a 10.9% reduction in annual gas costs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

National Grid’s natural gas rates to decline in Nov.

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island natural gas customers will see savings compared to current rates starting Nov. 1, National Grid announced Monday. The savings...
AN OVERNIGHT STORM and continuing winds have caused power outages across the state. Above, a map of continuing wind warnings in the region. / COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Power remains out for many Thursday afternoon following storm

PROVIDENCE – Following an overnight storm that knocked out power Wednesday evening, more than 35,000 customers in Rhode Island remained without power as of...
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...
ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.

Loan repayment helps employers compete

Jacques Afonso, a manager of community and customer management for National Grid Rhode Island, had worked for the utility for almost a decade when...
NATIONAL GRID Rhode Island will raise electricity supply rates for the six-month winter season beginning Oct. 1, after state regulators approved the increases Wednesday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

State regulators approve winter electricity rate increases

WARWICK – Rhode Island regulators Wednesday approved a package of residential, commercial and industrial electricity rate increases for the winter as requested by National...
TAX RELIEF: Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana said tax challenges represent almost 20% of the active civil cases involving the city. In his most recent annual tally, Dana reported to the City Council that 155 of the 845 open civil cases Providence has in either state or federal court are seeking tax relief.

What’s commercial property worth? Depends whom you ask

No one likes to pay property taxes. In Providence, fighting that annual bill has become almost routine for many large commercial property owners when...

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