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R.I. utilities regulators approve natural gas rate increases

WARWICK (AP) – Rhode Island utilities regulators have approved an increase in National Grid Rhode Island's natural gas rates, but because of the ongoing...

Construction continues at liquefaction facility at Fields Point

PROVIDENCE – In an update, National Grid reports that the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant has continued at Fields Point throughout the...
THE U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

Utility to pay $53M for gas explosions that damaged homes

BOSTON (AP) – A utility company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of...

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...
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...
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

National Grid, Enbridge faulted for January’s natural gas emergency

WARWICK – State and federal regulators on Wednesday blamed utility giants National Grid Rhode Island and Enbridge Inc. for equipment failures that caused January’s...
PROPOSED CHANGES to federal regulations related to projects such as the Block Island Wind Farm have the potential to dampen development of renewable energy in the nation, according to green energy advocates. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Landmark law that spurred U.S. renewables growth gets overhaul

WASHINGTON – A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the United States is set for a major overhaul...
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...
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

Should Rhode Island – or any state – be permitting new...

A study released Sept. 9 said that by 2035 it will be more expensive to operate 90% of natural gas-fired power plants being considered...
ACCORDING TO a new study, by 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. than it will be to build new wind and solar farms equipped with storage systems. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARTIN DIVISEK

Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study...

SAN FRANCISCO – Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable...

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