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The evolution of energy efficiency in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons & Kai Salem on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 06:00 PM

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Energy efficiency, Rhode Island

Landfills become solar power zones in northern Rhode Island

Posted by Yaima Braga on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

Solar projects have been popping up all over Rhode Island. This has been due to the enhancement of the Renewable Energy Standard and the Renewable Energy Growth program, as well as a recent call from Governor Gina Raimondo to have 1,000 Megawatts of renewable energy within the state by the end of 2020. We are excited about the possibilities these policy measures create for new, properly-sited projects.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Rhode Island, Our programs

Is it a good time to install solar in Rhode Island?

Posted by Greg Ohadoma on Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

In March 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced a statewide initiative to increase the amount of clean energy by 10 times by 2020. That means that  Rhode Island is set to achieve a total of 1,000 MW by 2020.  Just in time for these important commitments, we're partnering with EnergySage to make it easier for everyone to install solar. Homeowners and business can contribute to the 1,000MW goal with smart investments in clean energy, like rooftop solar.

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Tags: Renewable energy, Rhode Island

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

National Grid’s Rate Increase in Rhode Island: Will it Transform the Power Sector?

Posted by Larry Chretien & Kat Burnham on Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 03:53 PM

Original artwork from Mass. College of Art and Design student, Erin MacEachern, created for People's Power & Light/Mass Energy

Rhode Island is actively adding more solar, electric vehicles (EVs), and other distributed sources of energy across the state. These clean technologies are essential to reach our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and offer more choices to consumers. These sources also create unique costs and benefits, as well as new demands on our antiquated electric grid.

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Tags: Electricity and the grid, Rhode Island

New websites in MA & RI help you decode competitive electricity supply offers

Posted by Loie Hayes on Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 02:32 PM

One of our members called recently asking for help finding information on competitive electric suppliers, the electricity supply companies that often claim to offer cheaper rates – and sometimes greener powerthan the Basic Service offered by her electric utilitiy. More than likely, you’ve also received a knock on the door or something in the mail from competitive suppliers. So many suppliers had contacted our member that she felt she should find out what they were offering. She was particularly interested in renewable electricity options, but didn’t know who to trust.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electricity and the grid, Rhode Island

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

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