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HIT THE BRAKES: Rush-hour traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A growing number of governors in the Northeast have expressed concerns about the Transportation and Climate Initiative causing gas prices to rise. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo support the initiative. / AP FILE PHOTO/JACQUELINE LARMA

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change...
THE GOVERNOR of Pennsylvania signed orders to prepare the state to participate int he Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

One of America’s top coal states is joining RGGI

NEW YORK – Pennsylvania, the heart of the United States shale-gas boom and one of the biggest coal-producing states, is joining a carbon market. Gov....
THE COMPASS SCHOOL has received a $500,000 grant to improve the energy efficiency of a large building renovation from a grant program with funds from the Ocean State's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF ENERGY RESOURCES

Compass School wins $500K for energy efficiency from R.I. Office...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Compass School has been awarded $500,000 from the R.I. Office of Energy Resources to help improve the energy efficiency of...
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...

RGGI-style transit funds in R.I. future

On Dec. 18, 12 Northeastern states, including Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia announced that they had agreed to implement a cap-and-trade regime...
RHODE ISLAND WAS ONE OF NINE states and the District of Columbia that have agreed to create a transportation emissions cap-and-trade program designed to decrease the use of fossil fuels and fund green technology and other projects. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. joins partnership developing transportation emission cap/trade program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was among nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., Tuesday announcing a partnership in a project designed to create...
THE R.I. DEM announced $67,237 in grants to support four Rhode Island farms in their installation of solar arrays to offset costs and to "green" their operations.

DEM announces $67.2K in grants to 4 farms for solar arrays

PROVIDENCE – Four Rhode Island farms received a combined $67,237 to install solar arrays, the R.I. Department of Environmental management announced Tuesday. The grants, made...
THE REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS Initiative completed its 40th auction, selling carbon dioxide allowances for a clearing price of $4.02, generating a total of $55.4 million for the nine participating states. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

RGGI sells $55.4M in CO2 allowances at 40th auction

PROVIDENCE – The nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. auctioned 13.7 million carbon dioxide allowances at...

Climate policy could boost R.I. transportation

Rhode Island’s transition to a “clean-energy” economy can’t happen without addressing the state’s largest and most stubborn source of greenhouse gas emissions: the transportation...

RGGI generates $23.9M for R.I. from 2015-2017 at auction

PROVIDENCE – A new report from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative said the program generated $23.9 million for Rhode Island from 2015-2017. The report was...
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