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URGENT NEED: R.I. Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Carol Grant said the state is pursuing offshore wind and other clean- and renewable-energy sources with “a sense of urgency” in an effort to achieve a savings for the Rhode Island consumer, who is subject to the some of the nation’s highest electricity prices.
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‘Urgency’ grows for offshore wind projects

The stakes are rising fast in the fledgling offshore wind-energy industry, as companies jockey for position in the waters from Cape Cod to the...
NATIONAL GRID has suspended gas service to 7,100 customers on Aquidneck Island following a low-pressure gas situation Monday. Since then, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has declared a state of emergency for Newport County and activated the National Guard to assist residents. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

State of emergency declared after 7.1K customers without gas service on...

NEWPORT – National Grid Rhode Island has suspended gas service to 7,100 gas customers due to a transmission supply issue, mostly in the city...
THE NORTHEAST CPI rose 1.7 percent year over year in December. Among the products that saw significant increases was piped utility gas, which rose in price 4.7 percent over the year. By comparison, motor fuel in the Northeast declined 0.5 percent in price over the year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VINCENT MUNDY

Northeast CPI rises 2.3% in October

PROVIDENCE – The Northeast consumer price index increased 2.3 percent year over year, 0.2 percentage points lower than the average U.S. city growth, according...
NATURAL GAS for December delivery rose as much as 20 percent to $4.929 per million British thermal units, the highest since February 2014. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Natural gas soars 20% in U.S. on concerns about winter supplies

NEW YORK - Natural gas soared the most in nine years as forecasts for lingering U.S. cold spurred concern that supplies may not be...
MASS. GOV. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency following explosions and fires related to gas lines operated by Columbia Gas. Baker criticized the company's response and put Eversource Energy in charge of the recovery efforts. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EISEN

WCVB: Gov. Baker declares state of emergency following gas fires, puts...

PROVIDENCE – Following the gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and replaced...
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Can a former teacher-turned-House-minority firebrand capture the attention of voters...

Patricia Morgan has made a political career of standing up to power. A vocal critic of the truck tolls enacted this year in Rhode Island...
INVESTING IN R.I.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown says Rhode Island should follow North Dakota in setting up a revenue-generating bank for the state. He says the lending bank would partner with local community groups and credit unions, with profits reinvested in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Matt Brown wants R.I.’s governor to focus less on business interests...

Matt Brown, a longtime activist for social, educational and environmental causes, wants to bring that mission to the top level of state government next...
LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE: Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan W. Fung is looking to reverse the outcome of the election four years ago, when he lost to Gina M. Raimondo for the top Rhode Island office. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fung’s back! Do voters share his despair over the state’s direction?

Allan W. Fung, the nine-year mayor of Cranston, has launched a second campaign for governor, once again targeting now-incumbent Gina M. Raimondo, and pointing...
A SPRING HEAT WAVE has driven up demand for natural gas. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/RAMIN TALAIE

Spring scorcher has Northeast burning most gas in 4 years

NEW YORK - Blistering heat in the middle of spring is poised to volley power plants’ demand for natural gas in the United States Northeast...
THE COMBINATION OF SOLAR and batteries is becoming more prevalent around the U.S., offsetting the need for the fossil fuels during peak demand. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ JAMES MACDONALD

A powerful mix of solar and batteries Is beating natural gas

NEW YORK - Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to...
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