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THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION unanimously approved a 20-year agreement to purchase power from D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments at 5.3 cents per kilowatt-hour for energy and environmental benefits. D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, a part of the D.E. Shaw group.

R.I. regulators OK plan to buy power from Conn. solar project

WARWICK (AP) – A contract with all three Rhode Island electric utilities to purchase power from a Connecticut solar project has received state regulatory...
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

Public Utilities Commission: no shutoffs through April 15

WARWICK – State-regulated utility companies can’t shut off service for customers through at least April 15 under a decision made by the R.I. Public...
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...
GETTING HEATED: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich, one of several the company has built across the state. The renewable energy developer has faced opposition from towns and environmentalists due to clear-cutting of forests required for its projects. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Solar flare-up: Solar farms facing backlash across Ocean State

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...

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....
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 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 Tuesday...

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...

Incentive aims to slow solar-panel sprawl on R.I. farmlands, forests

An extra 6 cents doesn’t seem like much of a financial incentive, but state officials and environmental groups are hoping it’s enough to lure...
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...
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

National Grid files winter rate request increases to RIPUC

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island submitted a winter rate increase request to the R.I. Public Utilities Commission for Standard Offer Service Friday. The requested...

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