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Report: Rhode Island solar jobs declined in 2017

PROVIDENCE – The number of solar jobs in Rhode Island fell 9.5 percent to 1,064 during 2017, according to a national report released Wednesday. The...
SHINING EXAMPLE: Workers install solar panels at East Providence Forbes Street project, due for completion in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Imported solar tax seen as hurting local industry

PROVIDENCE – The Trump Administration’s new tax on imported solar panels isn’t likely to shutter local businesses, but it could hurt the industry and...
A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT? The proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow oil and gas drilling on all of the United States’ continental shelf – such as this rig off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. – has brought swift negative reactions, including from Rhode Island officials. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE

Drilling off the coast is not 
a good idea for R.I....

When the Trump administration released plans to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas on 90 percent of the United States’ continental shelf, including...
THE REFRIGERATED delivery truck pictured above is equipped with eNow's new zero-emissions Rayfrigeration unit, powered by photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the vehicle's roof. / COURTESY eNOW

First zero-emissions transport refrigeration unit unveiled by eNow

WARWICK – Renewable-energy company eNow announced a new solar-powered refrigeration unit last week that has been declared the first zero-emissions unit for the urban...
SHAPING THE FUTURE: With an increasing influx of so-called clean energy sure to impact how power will be delivered in the future, National Grid Rhode Island President Timothy F. Horan says the utility is embracing the change by working closely with developers, companies and regulators to assess the impact of renewable energy and its role in Rhode Island’s energy future. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

National Grid R.I. President Timothy F. Horan embraces change while focusing...

National Grid PLC owns and operates nearly all the state’s electrical and gas systems, connecting energy generators and producers to businesses and households throughout...
A CLEANER ­FUTURE: The Block Island Wind Farm is only the first of many offshore wind energy projects, all of which are designed to replace dirtier, fossil-fuel ­sources of ­electricity. / COURTESY ­DEEPWATER WIND

Local action on climate accord is smart move for R.I. to...

Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, there is much that can be done on...
BRIGHT IDEA: Christopher Morra Sr., president and CEO of National Security, shows off a solar panel system that he said in 2014 had saved the company $8,631 in 13 months. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. lawmakers vote to expand Renewable Energy Growth Program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation to expand a state program that encourages new installation of renewable-energy projects. The legislation –...

No renegotiation: Everyone but Donald Trump is sticking by Paris climate...

LONDON – Global leaders vowed to press ahead with the Paris climate accord after Donald Trump pulled the world’s biggest economy out of the...
THE ABUNDANCE OF INEXPENSIVE NATURAL GAS and the maturation of the renewable energy industry have been decimating the coal industry, not government policy, according to industry observers.

Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord won’t revive coal jobs

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise to exit the Paris climate accord, but fulfilling his vow to...
SHIPSHAPE: BluSource Energy owner Thomas Derecktor, right, and Michael Miller, a mechanical engineer with BluSource Energy, onboard Joule, a pontoon vessel with hydrokinetic turbines built for Brown University. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

BluSource focused on renewable innovations

From shipbuilding to the auto business and now renewable energy, Thomas Derecktor has been finding unusual ways to connect concepts across industries since the...
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