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THE MASS. DPU has approved the power purchase agreements between the Vineyard Wind project and electric distributors in Massachusetts. Above, the Block Island Wind Farm. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Mass. DPU approves Vineyard Wind PPA

PROVIDENCE – The Mass. Department of Public Utilities approved both purchase price agreements between distribution companies and Vineyard Wind LLC Tuesday, taking the state...
IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY: ProvPort Terminal Manager Chris Waterson identifies a section of the port that will handle wind turbines. The port is undergoing improvements after voters in 2016 approved $20 million in upgrades.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Can the Ocean State stay in the race for offshore wind-energy...

The nation’s first offshore wind farm is spinning off Block Island. But Rhode Island appears to be playing catch-up to neighboring Massachusetts in preparing...
NATIONAL GRID plans to start construction this month on a natural gas liquefaction facility at Fields Point that has been opposed by residents, environmentalists, and some local officials. / COURTESY/NATIONAL GRID PLC

Construction to start soon on Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island plans to start construction soon on its controversial Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant at Providence’s seaport, the...
GREEN ENERGY: David Lamb, assistant director of utilities management at the University of Rhode Island, and Marcia Garcia, URI’s sustainability officer, stand among a field of solar panels in South Kingstown. The solar array is part of the 40-megawatt South Kingstown Solar Collaboration facility, of which URI is one of three partners. 
 / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I.’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives....

After stints in the California, Nevada and Texas solar-energy industries, Kenny Hsieh learned of the financial incentives offered in Rhode Island, picked up his...
CLEAN ENERGY BUT NOT CLEAN PROCESS: While offshore-wind energy production is coming on a large scale to the region – pictured here is one of the five Block Island Wind Farm turbines – the contracts involving the electricity are anything but clear. 
 / COURTESY RICH PAYNE

Wind-energy savings obscured by speculation, despite promises

Revolution Wind, developed jointly by Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, is expected to supply enough wind-generated electricity to fill nearly one-quarter of the...
A REPORT included with National Grid's filing with R.I. DPUC estimates that the Revolution Wind farm, in tandem with the Connecticut Revolution Wind project and the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, will have a net direct and indirect cost benefit of $91.6 million over more than 20 years. The Block Island Wind Farm is seen in the photograph. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Revolution Wind R.I. benefit projected to include Mass., Conn. projects too

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island says that its proposed contract with Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource will have a net direct and...
THE NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY that National Grid recently handled in Newport and other parts of Aquidneck Island has prompted 300 claims for special unemployment benefits related to homes and businesses being closed. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID

Aquidneck Island gas emergency causes 300 to seek unemployment benefits

PROVIDENCE - About 300 special unemployment benefits claims have been filed related to the recent natural gas emergency on Aquidneck Island that prompted a...
READY FOR LED Nearly half of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns have completed a purchase program that allows them to own the streetlights lining their roads and switch them to LED fixtures. Another 15 communities have begun the process of purchasing streetlights from National Grid. / SOURCE: RHODE ISLAND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipalities saving with LED streetlights

A mid-December status report from the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns shows nearly half of the state’s communities have purchased their streetlights...
SEN. DAWN EUER, D-Newport, left, and Rep. Lauren H. Carson, D-Newport, right, are calling for more information on the cause of the gas outage on Aquidneck Island from National Grid and Algonquin Gas Transmission Co.

Opinion: Public deserves answers about cause of gas crisis

The public has a right to know all of the available information when it comes to their safety. The crisis last week with the...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced the launch of a $1.45 million emergency loan fund for small businesses on Aquidneck Island directly impacted by the gas shutoff last week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I., National Grid announce aid for Aquidneck Island small businesses

NEWPORT – Rhode Island has created a $1.45 million loan fund for small businesses directly affected by the gas outage on Aquidneck Island, Gov....
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