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Disappointing Decisions Mark Rhode Island Legislative Session
by Amy Moses

This session, the Rhode Island General Assembly missed opportunities to make progress on a wide range of environmental issues. CLF and other environmental organizations pushed for action on the climate crisis, toxic chemicals, and plastics pollution, but no substantial new laws were enacted. It was not a total loss, however, as we were successful in preventing passage of some harmful measures.

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New General Assembly Bill Addresses Invenergy Power Plant Proposal
by Jerry Elmer

On Friday, May 20, Rhode Island Representative Cale Keable, of Burrillville, introduced a bill into the General Assembly that could have profound implications for the proposal of Invenergy to build an unneeded 1,000-megawatt fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville. The bill is H-8240. Main Point of the New Bill Under existing law (R.I. General Laws…

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Rhode Island Senate Hearing on Two Renewable Energy Bills
by Jerry Elmer

Two separate pairs of renewable energy bills are wending their way through the Rhode Island General Assembly this session. (By “pairs of bills,” I mean identical, companion bills on the House and Senate sides of the legislature.) One of the two pairs of bills (S-2185 and H-7413) would extend the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES). …

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Renewable Energy Bill Introduced Into Rhode Island General Assembly
by Jerry Elmer

On January 14, 2015, H-5079 was introduced into the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) was the lead sponsor; House Environment Committee Chairman Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) was a co-sponsor. You can see a copy of the bill on the General Assembly’s website. The bill would extend the life of Rhode Island’s 2004…