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National Grid customers in Rhode Island will see changes to their gas and electric bills, effective this Saturday.

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The company proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville will begin pre-engineering work in early August, but a strong opponent of the project claims the announcement is "an obvious effort at misdirection."


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Solar batteries are now part of an energy program that helps National Grid customers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York reduce their electricity use during hot, summer days.


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National Grid customers in Rhode Island could see their electric bills go up this fall, and a group that advocates for lower-income residents is not happy about it. 


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RI Lt. Gov. Dan McKee joins Political Roundtable to discuss his primary fight with state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, National Grid's performance during stormy weather, and tuition hikes at two state institutions of higher learning.

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National Grid's response to power outages caused by a major storm last October was too slow, causing a 36-hour delay in power restoration, according to a report released Monday by Rhode Island state regulators.

First The Storm, Now The Cleanup... Again

Mar 13, 2018
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The third winter storm this month knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, closed schools and state offices, and dropped more than foot of snow in some parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast. Blizzard conditions were confirmed in some areas, including Newport.

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As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

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The utility announced last year they would seek a general rate hike, for gas and electric utilities. The original proposal called for an increase in gas rates by about five percent and electric by about six percent. The company now says those numbers will be less, accounting for savings under the new federal tax law.

That didn’t stop some dozen people from criticizing the company for the proposed increase during a public hearing in front of the Public Utilities Commission. A small crowd gathered at Pawtucket City Hall, to voice their concerns over the potential increase.

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The nation's first offshore wind farm about four miles off the coast of Block Island celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday. The wind farm supplies power to nearly 2,000 customers on the island and is saving those ratepayers money. Residents say the wind turbines have positively impacted tourism, but there are some disappointments too.  

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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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