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Peter Gaynor, Director of RI’s Emergency Management Agency, discussed power restoration following the storm in late October.

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Attorney General candidate Peter Neronha, a Democrat, is the guest for this week's Bonus Q&A. He discusses a range of issues, including running for AG, National Grid, East Greenwich politics, and more.

Some Rhode Islanders were just getting their power back Friday, after hurricane-force winds left more than 140,000 people in the state without power Sunday night. But five days later, more than 1,000 people were still off-line across the state.

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Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee today hammered the National Grid election utility for what he calls poor communication to Rhode Island customers in the aftermath of Sunday’s storm that resulted in power failures for thousands of households across the state.

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National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

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Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission voted to raise the cost of energy at a public hearing Monday. 

Last month, National Grid proposed a 53 percent rate increase from 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 9.5 cents. 

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National Grid wants to raise Rhode Island’s energy rates by 53 percent starting October 1. 


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An investigation into the cause of a major gas leak in downtown Providence Wednesday continues.

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As wet, heavy snow whipped southern New England, thousands of National Grid customers found themselves without power. At one point Thursday, nearly 18,000 Rhode Island homes and businesses were experiencing outages. That number shrank to about 5,000 customers by 7 p.m.

National Grid spokesman David Graves said the utility company  had prepared, putting crews in place in advance of the storm.  

“We’ll have crews who’ll be working through the day and into the evening hours, and then a second shift coming on at 10 pm,” said Graves.

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National Grid is withdrawing its application for the project informally known as the pipeline tax.

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A decision by Connecticut energy officials could have a major impact on New England. The decision pulls the plug on plans to construct more natural gas pipelines in the state while boosting the use of renewable energy throughout the region. WBUR's Bruce Gellerman filed this story for the New England News Collaborative.

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission suspended reviewing National Grid’s proposal to charge electricity customers for the expansion of natural gas pipelines in the region. It denied the Conservation Law Foundation’s motion to dismiss the application all together, but left the door open for CLF to raise the issue later.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is opposing National Grid’s proposal to build a natural gas liquefaction facility at Field’s Point in Providence.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling against a request by utilities to charge electricity users for expanding natural gas pipelines is already affecting a similar request in Rhode Island.

The Conservation Law Foundation filed a motion at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to dismiss National Grid’s proposal to secure gas contracts and recover costs for its Access Northeast Project.

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National Grid has come under fire for two proposals related to natural gas. The utility company's goal is to bring down the cost of electricity in the wintertime, but some state lawmakers and environmental groups aren’t convinced.

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