Public Utilities Commission en PUC Considers Extending Winter Utility Moratorium to May 1st <p>The state’s Public Utilities Commission will consider a request on Friday to extend the winter moratorium on shutting off utilities.</p><p>The George Wiley Center is a non-profit that advocates for the poor. It has asked the PUC to extend the moratorium from April 15<sup>th</sup> to May 1<sup>st</sup>. The George Wiley Center’s Debbie Clark said April is just too early to cut off the heat.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:57:44 +0000 Catherine Welch 31720 at Already More Utility Shut-Offs This Year In The State Than In 2012 <p>More Rhode Islanders have had their gas or electricity shut off so far this year than in all of 2012. That, according to National Grid figures supplied to the state Public Utilities Commission.</p><p>In 2012, there were 18,250 shutoffs.&nbsp; There were seven hundred more than that in the first ten months of this year.</p><p>It’s a big concern to advocates for the poor like Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:31:16 +0000 Flo Jonic 26348 at Advocates Concerned About Proposed Changes To Utility Shut-Off Rules In RI <p>Advocates for the poor are raising concerns about proposed changes in Rhode Island’s utility shut-off rules.</p><p></p><p></p><p>For years, Rhode Island law has forbidden utility shutoffs from November 1<sup>st</sup> through April 15<sup>th</sup>. Under new rules being considered by the state Public Utilities Commission, that window would be closed April 1<sup>st</sup> and people would have earn less to be protected.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:13:35 +0000 Flo Jonic 26218 at RI Freezes Minimum Charge On Limo Rides For Now <p>New rules regarding the operation of limousines and other non-taxi public sedans go into effect Monday.&nbsp; The state Public Utilities Commission will hold off on enforcing a controversial provision of the new rules.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:08:47 +0000 Flo Jonic 24615 at PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request <p>The public is invited to comment Tuesday on a proposed rate increase by the Providence Water Supply Board. Because Providence sells its water to other municipalities, the rate increase would affect residents in nearly 60 percent of the state.</p><p>It’s the first rate hike in four years, and for city residents it means a 24 percent increase. The water board says that’s an additional $6.00 for the average customer.</p><p>For the cities of Warwick and East Providence, and for the Kent County and Bristol County water authorities, rates would go up 32 percent.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:19:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 17056 at PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request