national grid http://ripr.org en New England States Team Up To Address Rising Energy Prices http://ripr.org/post/new-england-states-team-address-rising-energy-prices <p>New Englanders spent $5 billion in electricity last winter, compared to $5.2 billion for all of 2012. That's why each of the New England states has introduced legislation in their respective states to address the problem of rising electricity prices. But environmental advocacy groups are worried this regional collaboration would promote unnecessary natural gas projects.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:26:48 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35057 at http://ripr.org Renewable Energy Program Produces Positive Economic, Environmental Impacts http://ripr.org/post/renewable-energy-program-produces-positive-economic-environmental-impacts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state's renewable energy fund and the program designed to stimulate the development of renewable energy projects in Rhode Island are producing positive outcomes: more jobs and less pollution. That's according to a recent <a href="http://www.energy.ri.gov/documents/DG/RI%20Brattle%20DG-REF%20Study.pdf">report</a> by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:22:15 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 33579 at http://ripr.org Quonset Business Park To Welcome Another Solar Company http://ripr.org/post/quonset-business-park-welcome-another-solar-company <p>The Quonset Development Corporation has given a Colorado-based renewable energy company, Bella Energy, the green light to build a solar farm.</p><p>The solar farm will sit on an acre and a half, out of the five acres Bella Energy will lease.</p><p>Ted Kresse, spokesperson for the Quonset Development Corporation, said the land Bella Energy will lease is not fit for industrial development, but works for solar projects.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:20:17 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29363 at http://ripr.org Quonset Business Park To Welcome Another Solar Company The Bottom Line: Wondering Why Your Electricity Bill Went Up? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-wondering-why-your-electricity-bill-went <p>If you've been wondering whether the recent cold snap helped spike your energy costs, wonder no more and be sure to listen to this week's Bottom Line. Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon to learn more from National Grid spokesman David Graves.</p><p>Graves discusses how the availability and price of natural gas is effecting electricity rates, new rates for homes and businesses, and what business owners should know about their electric rate plans.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 27490 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Wondering Why Your Electricity Bill Went Up? Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers http://ripr.org/post/underground-explosion-providence-lifts-eight-manhole-covers <p>Dozens of people were evacuated from buildings on the outskirts of downtown Providence following an underground explosion yesterday.</p><p></p><p>National grid confirmed that the explosion was caused by pressure built up inside an underground utility vault.</p><p>Sarah Longley from was working in the Women and Infants building on Chestnut Street only feet away from the explosion.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:03:26 +0000 John Bender 25049 at http://ripr.org Underground Explosion In Providence Lifts Eight Manhole Covers Two Injured From Explosion In Providence’s Jewelry District http://ripr.org/post/two-injured-explosion-providence-s-jewelry-district <p>Two people are injured after an underground blast caused manhole covers to fly. Providence fire fighters were responding to a call around 11:00am Monday of a strange odor at 300 Richmond in Providence’s Jewelry District when National Grid said a mix of fire and gases caused eight manhole covers to fly into the air. &nbsp;</p><p>National Grid said there were readings of high levels of carbon monoxide at the location. Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare said two pedestrians were slightly injured.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:50:27 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 25003 at http://ripr.org Two Injured From Explosion In Providence’s Jewelry District Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-joins-group-states-zero-emission-pledge <p>Rhode Island is one of eight states that joined a pledge Thursday to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The pledge comes just weeks after the state installed 50 charging stations.</p><p>The pledge calls for more infrastructure to support the millions of electric cars expected to hit the road in the next dozen years. Every car maker is working to have an electric car for sale by 2015, but auto dealers say charging stations are key to getting consumers behind the wheel.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:59:04 +0000 Catherine Welch 23731 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge Explosive Start of Classes at Johnson & Wales http://ripr.org/post/explosive-start-classes-johnson-wales <p>The first day of classes started with a bang for many students at Johnson &amp; Wales University when a utility cable exploded underneath two dormitories. The blast occurred at roughly 5:00 in the morning. Johnson &amp; Wales officials said they had to evacuate nearly 1,000 students, most of them freshmen.</p><p>National Grid is investigating the cause of the explosion, which appeared to center on a cable located in an underground vault just next to the university's Providence dorms. No one was injured in the incident.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:03:27 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21469 at http://ripr.org National Grid Urging RI Customers Not to Fall for Scam http://ripr.org/post/national-grid-urging-ri-customers-not-fall-scam <p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Islanders are still getting scammed by people claiming to be from National Grid and demanding payments. A warning issued earlier this month has failed to stop the predators.</p><p>The scammers typically call people at random and tell them they have a past due balance on their electric bill. They say they’re from National Grid and warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer makes an immediate payment.&nbsp; By paying, people automatically give the scammers access to sensitive bank account or credit card information.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:14:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 20481 at http://ripr.org National Grid Urging RI Customers Not to Fall for Scam Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett http://ripr.org/post/deepwater-wind-pulls-application-cable-connecting-wind-farm-narragansett <p>Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.</p><p>Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:49:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 19554 at http://ripr.org Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett