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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 18, 2019

New players are disrupting a host of traditional services. While bad for some R.I. entrepreneurs, others cash in.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 11, 2019

Can the Ocean State stay in the race for offshore wind-energy profits?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee...

Still a place for natural gas in R.I.

Despite the considerable promise of solar, wind and other renewable-energy sources to significantly broaden the state’s power portfolio, Rhode Island’s heavy reliance on natural...
SPINNING NOWHERE? The Block Island Wind Farm may have been the first offshore energy project to start operations in the United States, but the benefits that it promised Rhode Island have yet to materialize. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Is R.I. going to see the promise of wind energy blow...

The Block Island Wind Farm is a rightful point of pride for Rhode Island. The first offshore wind-energy project installed and doing what it...
A FEDERAL OFFICIAL said that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will see its $2.3 billion budget slashed by about 70 percent, to $700 million, under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW STAVER

Trump said to again seek deep cuts in renewable energy funding

NEW YORK - The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 5, 2019

Rhode Island’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives. What happens when they run out?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...
THE R.I. COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL voted to approve Vineyard Wind's Consistency Certification Application and proceed with the process for building its 800-megawatt project in water south of Martha's Vineyard.

CRMC approves Vineyard Wind project

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council voted unanimously to approve Vineyard Wind’s Consistency Certification Application at a meeting Tuesday evening, deciding that...
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...
AN AERIAL VIEW shows more than 9,000 solar panels clustered to form the A Street solar energy farm, located at a former landfill in Johnston. The facility will be used to generate power for Johnston and Providence. / COURTESY SOUTHERN SKY RENEWABLE ENERGY RI

Have the tariffs on imported solar panels been worth it?

When the Trump administration put tariffs on imported solar panels (mainly from China), the solar power industry expected that it would suffer as a...
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