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Transforming the Power Sector in Rhode Island: Top Rate Settlement

Posted by Kat Burnham on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

How do we upgrade our electric grid to accommodate more renewables and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring affordability for all customers? This is a question PP&L and others in the energy community have been tackling through the ongoing electric and gas rate case proceedings at the Public Utilities Commission. In 2017 National Grid submitted a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission to increase gas and electric rates to maintain service reliability and upgrade the system. And now after several months, it appears that a consensus has been reached.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electricity and the grid, Rhode Island

PP&L 15th Annual Meeting Celebration and Reflection

Posted by Kat Burnham on Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 04:59 PM

This past week, the People’s Power & Light (PP&L) community celebrated 15 years at the annual spring meeting in Rhode Island. PP&L members, industry professional, and friends came together to enjoy an evening at the Omni Providence Hotel and to hear about the latest projects and advocacy efforts the PP&L team is leading the charge on.

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Tags: Our programs

Resilient Rhode Island Act in Action

Posted by Kat Burnham on Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

The Resilient Rhode Island Act mandates that Rhode Island take active steps to mitigate and reduce the impacts of climate change. The Act passed in 2014 with widespread support from the environmental and clean energy communities, including People’s Power & Light.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

RI 2016 Legislative Session Round-up: It was an exciting year

Posted by Kat Burnham on Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 02:49 PM

The 2016 legislative session wrapped up on June 18. People’s Power & Light (PP&L) was a regular advocate at the Rhode Island State House and a supportive voice of key energy policies. Renewable energy certainly achieved some major wins this year, but other policies will have to try to earn passage again next session. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

We did it! The RES Will Be Extended in Rhode Island

Posted by Kat Burnham on Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

In the wee hours of the morning stretching the final day of the 2016 legislative session, the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) extension bills passed in both the Senate and the House.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

People’s Power & Light's 14th Year Celebration

Posted by Kat Burnham on Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 02:55 PM

Little Rhody has the opportunity to be a big leader for sustainability. There are several bills on the table this legislative session that span a range of energy issues. These policies were highlighted this past week at People’s Power & Light’s (PP&L) 14th Annual Meeting.

Community members and industry professionals gathered at the meeting to hear from Rhode Island officials, including Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Office of Energy Resources Commissioner Dr. Marion Gold, Senator Susan Sosnowski, and Representative Deborah Ruggiero. In The Attorney General’s words, “PP&L is a pro-clean energy group, an inexpensive energy group, a group that wants to help disseminate power to those that need it most.”

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Tags: Our programs

Solar in the Ocean State: A Review of Rhode Island's Solar Incentives

Posted by Kat Burnham on Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 04:02 PM

2016 is looking good for solar in Rhode Island. People’s Power & Light (PP&L) is still looking into options to launch our own solar program, but in the meantime we want to share some resources that you can use to install solar this year.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

SustainPVD: New Plan, Big Potential for Providence Sustainability

Posted by Kat Burnham on Monday, November 02, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

The City of Providence is actively improving a plan to become more sustainable in several sectors, and PP&L is thrilled that the recent topic for open review was energy. The “Sustainable Providence” plan was spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Sustainability Task Force. The old plan is being revitalized as “SustainPVD” by Mayor Jorge Elorza and new Sustainability Director Leah Bamberger. The revision process is open to the public and all interested are encouraged to engage in the development. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

People’s Power & Light and RI Energy Policy

Posted by Kat Burnham on Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

The warmer weather and blossoms on Smith Hill are evidence we’re in the heat of the Rhode Island legislative session. People’s Power & Light (PP&L) has invited key policy makers, including General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, to our upcoming Annual Meeting May 13th. The evening is an opportunity for energy professionals and friends to learn about key policies PP&L supports. Rhode Island continues to make meaningful progress in green infrastructure, but there is more work to be done.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island

Portsmouth Wind Turbine Might Be Spinning Soon

Posted by Kat Burnham on Thursday, June 05, 2014 @ 01:45 PM

Thanks to a 4-2 vote of the Town Council on June 3, there is a good chance for the Portsmouth, RI local wind turbine to spin again.  And if everything falls into place, Portsmouth will once again become part of People’s Power & Light/Mass Energy’s green power portfolio as early as September 2014.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Rhode Island, Our programs