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State officials praise demand for energy efficiency funding

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State officials are praising what they call a “strong demand” for an initial $25 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, Treasurer Seth Magaziner and others say the state’s Office of Energy Resources has received 27 applications since it began accepting applications in January. The projects will be funded through the ...

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8 arrested for trespassing while protesting gas pipeline

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Eight people face criminal trespassing charges after being arrested at a gas pipeline site in northwestern Rhode Island. The protesters were arrested at the Spectra Energy Gas Transmission Facility in Burrillville Saturday. About 100 people protested against the expansion of a gas pipeline project. The arrested protesters — who were later released — have been identified as ...

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Natural gas protesters arrested after locking themselves to entrance of Spectra station

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Police Thursday morning forcibly removed and arrested two men who had chained themselves to the entrance of Spectra Energy’s Burrillville compressor station in the latest protest against the company’s plans to expand natural gas pipeline capacity. The two men had linked their arms within a section of PVC pipe wrapped in chicken wire and tar before locking themselves ...

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Rhode Island business group backs natural gas pipeline

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island business group is backing the expansion of a key gas pipeline in New England. The Rhode Island Business Coalition on Thursday praised the preliminary approval by federal regulators of the expansion of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline. It says the region needs a plentiful supply of gas to ensure competitiveness. The pipeline passes through northwest ...

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Rhode Island approves spending for energy efficiency

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State utility regulators have approved spending more than $100 million for energy efficiency programs for residential, industrial and commercial customers. The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the state’s 2015 Energy Efficiency Program Plan. The plan funds the energy efficiency programs for electric and natural gas customers. About $87 million was set aside for electric programs, ...

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Will Louisiana’s plan to stay afloat be worth it?

Approximately a football field-sized piece of Louisiana land is reclaimed by the Gulf of Mexico every 38 minutes, resulting in the loss of up to 35 square miles of wetlands each year. Some even argue that the state should redraw its map to account for the drastic changes in the state’s landscape. And while Louisiana has a long-term plan to ...

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Tariff plan by New England governors deferred

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A coalition of New England governors has shelved plans to address the region’s soaring energy costs – for now. After nearly a year of discussion and planning,  the alliance of governors from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island has abandoned its planned proposal for an elecricity rate tariff, the Associated Press reports. The ...

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Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

Jason Dearen ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact ...

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GOP takes shot at Cape Wind

Patrick Cassidy | Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Mass.) Just when Cape Wind officials thought it was safe to go back in the water, federal lawmakers have fired another, albeit largely symbolic, shot across the bow of the controversial project. In a vote last week the GOP-controlled House approved an energy and water appropriations bill that included a measure to bar a ...

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