utility http://ripr.org en Advocates Concerned About Proposed Changes To Utility Shut-Off Rules In RI http://ripr.org/post/advocates-concerned-about-proposed-changes-utility-shut-rules-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 http://ripr.org National Grid warns against scam http://ripr.org/post/national-grid-warns-against-scam <p>National Grid is warning customers of a new nationwide utility bill scam.<br><br>Over the past several days National Grid electric customers have received phone calls from people claiming to work for the utility. The scammers demand payment on past-due bills and threaten customers with a shut-off of service. Occasionally, the caller also tells customers they have a faulty meter that will need to be replaced for a substantial fee. &nbsp;<br> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:09:45 +0000 Flo Jonic 10624 at http://ripr.org Lawmakers consider further protection from utility shut-offs http://ripr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-further-protection-utility-shut-offs <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI)There are two bills on the agenda of the Rhode Island House Committee on Corporations Tuesday related to public utility companies. &nbsp;<br><br>One would block utility companies from shutting off the service of any customer on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or state holiday.<br> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:16:06 +0000 Lydia Rogers 8974 at http://ripr.org