Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.
New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs. Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.
A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.
It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.
Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec.
The founder of Alex and Ani is seeking a grant from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The grant is to help make Belcourt Castle in Newport more eco-friendly.
Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt Castle, renamed it Belcourt of Newport, and is now refurbishing the place. Rafaelian is seeking a grant of $18,500 for a solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The grant would come from the EDC’s Renewable Energy Fund.
The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.
The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile. That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.
The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.
Hubble the seal is swimming free Friday after spending the summer recovering from injuries at the Mystic Aquarium.
Hubble’s journey began on a beach in Maine where researchers found him abandoned by his mother. He made his way to the Mystic Aquarium, and researchers fattened him up and treated problems with his eyes. Those eyes, said the Mystic Aquarium’s Skip Graf, were what made the curious, young seal so special.
Quahoging has long been a major industry in the town of Bristol, situated right on the waterfront. But as the population of local fishermen ages, and market prices plummet, the industry faces some serious threats.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out on a boat with a young quahogger to find out more about the town's historic industry.
Environmentalists are hailing a decision to shut down the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. Owners of the coal-fired plant filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the grid by 2017.
Federal regulators have called it the heaviest polluter in Massachusetts. Environmentalists have decried the carcinogens that pour from its smokestacks. Now, the Brayton Point Power Station on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border is closing, according to papers filed by its owner, Energy Capital Partners.