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Invenergy is a Zombie
by Jerry Elmer

Invenergy is a zombie. By “zombie,” I mean the company’s proposed fracked gas and diesel fuel power plant is as good as dead. Invenergy may not be aware yet that its plant is as good as dead – that’s why Invenergy is still walking around. But it is as good as dead. Two different sets…

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CLF Defeats Gas Pipeline Proposal in Rhode Island PUC
by Jerry Elmer

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 13, just before the start of the long MLK holiday weekend, National Grid quietly filed a letter with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to close Docket # 4627. This is the Docket that would have allowed National Grid to contract for a portion…

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Success Story: Decoupling Utilities in Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

This month Rhode Island’s dominant utility, National Grid, made its second-ever filing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under Rhode Island’s “revenue decoupling” statute. Grid’s filing clarifies matters in a debate that swirled around the environmental community in Rhode Island (and the rest of New England) for years but ought now to be resolved once…

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Saving Money and Electricity in Rhode Island: The Benefits of Decoupling
by Jerry Elmer

This week Rhode Island’s dominant utility, National Grid, made its first-ever filing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under Rhode Island’s newly enacted “revenue decoupling” statute. Grid’s filing resolves once and for all a debate that has been swirling around the environmental community in Rhode Island (and the rest of New England) for years – an argument over whether decoupling is a rip-off of utility rate-payers. CLF (and other environmental advocates) have argued for years that there are important environmental benefits to be reaped from decoupling. Opponents, including some ratepayer advocates, argued that decoupling would be bad for rate-payers because it would inevitably lead to unjustified rate hikes.

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Court on Cape Wind: MA DPU Was Right – Cape Wind’s Costs are Reasonable, Massachusetts Ratepayers Will Benefit
by Sue Reid

The Cape Wind offshore wind project moved one big step closer to construction yesterday when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed the MA Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU’s) finding that the project’s costs are reasonable in light of the many benefits it will bring. Massachusetts’s highest court upheld the November 2010 decision of the…

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PUC approves Power Purchase Agreement for Block Island Sound wind farm
by Conservation Law Foundation

Earlier today in Rhode Island, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the Deepwater Wind/National Grid Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of an eight-turbine wind farm in Block Island Sound, denying CLF’s Motion to Dismiss. Here’s what CLF’s Rhode Island Advocacy Center Director Tricia Jedele had to say about the decision: Today’s ruling was…