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RI News
3:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Packed Hearing As RI PUC Ponders National Grid 24 Percent Requested Rate Hike

Resident Steve Anderson tells the PUC that if more natural gas pipeline is needed, then build it. Anderson spoke at a hearing on National Grid's proposed 24 percent rate hike.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

In a packed hearing room, the state’s Public Utilities Commission listened to testimony for much of the day on National Grid’s proposed 24 percent rate hike.

The increase would kick in January 1st, how long it will last is another matter. The PUC heard testimony both for and against stretching a lower rate out over twelve months as opposed to the requested six months.

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RI News
8:38 am
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Residents To Voice Opinions On Proposed Energy Rate Hikes

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 .

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RI News
2:57 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

PUC Considers Extending Winter Utility Moratorium to May 1st

The state’s Public Utilities Commission will consider a request on Friday to extend the winter moratorium on shutting off utilities.

The George Wiley Center is a non-profit that advocates for the poor. It has asked the PUC to extend the moratorium from April 15th to May 1st. The George Wiley Center’s Debbie Clark said April is just too early to cut off the heat.

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RI News
11:31 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Already More Utility Shut-Offs This Year In The State Than In 2012

More Rhode Islanders have had their gas or electricity shut off so far this year than in all of 2012. That, according to National Grid figures supplied to the state Public Utilities Commission.

In 2012, there were 18,250 shutoffs.  There were seven hundred more than that in the first ten months of this year.

It’s a big concern to advocates for the poor like Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center.

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RI News
9:13 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Proposed Changes To Utility Shut-Off Rules In RI

Advocates for the poor are raising concerns about proposed changes in Rhode Island’s utility shut-off rules.

For years, Rhode Island law has forbidden utility shutoffs from November 1st through April 15th. Under new rules being considered by the state Public Utilities Commission, that window would be closed April 1st and people would have earn less to be protected.

Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center, a non-profit that advocates for the poor, said an April 1st moratorium shutoff is far too early for chilly New England.

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RI News
9:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Freezes Minimum Charge On Limo Rides For Now

New rules regarding the operation of limousines and other non-taxi public sedans go into effect Monday.  The state Public Utilities Commission will hold off on enforcing a controversial provision of the new rules.

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RI News
1:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request

The Providence Water Supply Board wants to raise rates by 24 percent for city residents and 32 percent to wholesalers.
Credit file / RIPR

The public is invited to comment Tuesday on a proposed rate increase by the Providence Water Supply Board. Because Providence sells its water to other municipalities, the rate increase would affect residents in nearly 60 percent of the state.

It’s the first rate hike in four years, and for city residents it means a 24 percent increase. The water board says that’s an additional $6.00 for the average customer.

For the cities of Warwick and East Providence, and for the Kent County and Bristol County water authorities, rates would go up 32 percent.

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