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Environment
8:12 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Board Of Narragansett Bay Commission To Review Options For Sewer Overflow Project

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission will vote tomorrow on how to approach the third and final phase of the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. That project aims to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and polluted runoff entering Narragansett Bay and its tributaries. The board will discuss three options at a meeting tonight.

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Environment
10:07 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Environmental Advocates Push Back On Expanding Region's Natural Gas Capacity

Five New England governors met yesterday in Hartford, Connecticut, to talk about increasing the region’s energy supply. No solutions are set in stone, but environmental advocates are concerned proposals rely too heavily on natural gas.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said this winter New England’s average wholesale electricity prices were significantly higher than neighboring regions. And those high prices are tough on consumers and businesses. Raimondo said at the regional meeting, the governors committed to provide relief.

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Environment
8:46 am
Thu April 23, 2015

State Sets Aside Money For Energy Efficient Streetlights

Light emitting diodes (LED) are the latest in energy efficient lighting technology. Marion Gold, commissioner of the state Office of Energy Resources, said LED lights produce hues more true to actual colors, rather than the yellow hues from standard streetlights.
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A new pool of money is available for cities and towns looking to reduce their energy use and costs. The state is setting aside more than $500,000 to retrofit existing streetlights to more energy-efficient ones with light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

Marion Gold, commissioner at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, said streetlights are one of the biggest expenses in a municipality’s energy budget.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Rising Tide: Little Compton Farm Bucks Recession Trend

Skip Paul in his spinach house at Wishing Stone Farm. Most of what he grows on his farm is organic.
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This story is part of our series “Rising Tide” about how – or whether - Rhode Islanders are emerging from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s. The question we’re asking is: Does a rising tide really lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind?

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Environment
12:05 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

New England Governors To Discuss Energy Challenges

Gov. Gina Raimondo
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Gov. Gina Raimondo will meet with other New England governors in Hartford, Conn., tomorrow to discuss the region’s energy problems.

At a private roundtable, New England governors plan to explore solutions to a number of challenges: the rising prices of electricity, limited pipeline capacity, and the aging electricity grid.

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