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.
As always Independence Day travel is expected to be heavy. This year will see about 41 million people moving around the country.
That’s about two percent higher than last year’s rate, which may be in part due to the holiday falling on a Friday.
In New England nearly three percent more people are expected to travel. David Raposa of AAA of Southern New England attributes the higher travel rate in New England to one thing: the region’s small size.
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.
Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.
Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.
National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”
Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.
The Weather Service said a low-end Nor’easter will arrive in Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, bringing snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour along the coast. By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon, the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow.