Residents will get a chance Tuesday to tell the state’s Public Utilities Commission how they feel about a proposed 24 percent rate hike from National Grid. If approved, the rate hike would kick in on January 1st .
More approvals rolled in this week for the five-turbine wind farm Deepwater Wind. And the company says it has secured the last of its permits for the offshore wind farm planned for three miles off the coast of Block Island. Construction is set to start next year.
The Coastal Resources Management Council has approved the lease agreement for the underwater land on which the wind farm will sit. The lease took effect earlier this month and will be valid for 25 years from the wind farm’s start date.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee and other leaders have gathered at Slater Mill in Pawtucket this afternoon for a ceremonial signing of the Affordable Clean Energy Security Act, an energy bill the governor signed into law earlier this summer.
The act gives Rhode Island an opportunity to work with other New England states to address volatile electricity prices. Last winter, the New England region spent $5 billion in energy costs, nearly as much as the region spent for the entire 2012 calendar year.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said she accepted Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s invitation to be a keynote speaker at the annual Energy & Environmental Leaders Day, because she wants to celebrate what’s happening at state and federal levels to reduce carbon pollution. She highlighted the EPA’s plan to reduce their carbon emissions by the largest polluters: power plants.
Climate change is one of the country’s most serious public health threats, said Gina McCarthy, the head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She spoke to a large crowd of local energy and environmental leaders at an annual conference today hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
McCarthy shared one example of a direct public health threat.
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.