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05/23/22
                                                               

New noaa climate projections forecast increase in southern new england flooding

By Frank Carini

The climate crisis has taken root. The United Nations’ latest climate report explains how deep this worldwide problem is embedded.
Closer to home, another report published last month is equally alarming, for the present and future of southern New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report warns that the United States will see as much sea-level rise, about a foot, in the next three decades as it did during the entire previous century.

03/23/22
                                                               

Ocean State Kelp Farmer Sees ‘Incredible Potential’ in Industry

By Cynthia Drummond Photo: Azure Cygler

Farmed kelp represents a tiny share of Rhode Island’s aquaculture revenue, but Azure Cygler believes that as more people recognize its nutritional and environmental benefits, its popularity will grow.

03/21/22
                                                               

Rebuild or Retreat? Newport Eyes Cliff Walk’s Eroding Future

By Jennifer McDermott Photo: Charles Krupa , AP

Newport, Rhode Island, is in a bind: Should the city continue propping up its landmark Cliff Walk, even though chunks of the path keep crumbling into the sea?
Last week, coastal erosion knocked out 30 feet of the paved trail, which winds its way beside Gilded Age mansions high above the rocky shoreline for around 3.5 miles.

03/18/22
                                                               

Local Reaction to Latest Climate Report Stresses Need to Act Now, Protect Most Vulnerable

By Frank Carini Photo: Frank Carini

The sixth assessment by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is three times longer than Leo Tolstoy’s “War & Peace” and has all the calamity of the Bible.
The United Nations’ landmark reports are compiled by hundreds of scientists from around the world who review thousands of studies for the latest scientific information.

03/10/22
                                                               

Utility Wants to End Solar Canopies Pilot Program

By Rob Smith

The electric utility, in its 2022 Renewable Energy Growth Program filing, has proposed eliminating its solar carport pilot program, citing rising costs and lack of benefits to ratepayers. The program, which began in 2020, is part of an effort to steer solar arrays away from forests and other open space and instead offer alternative sites on already-developed properties.

03/08/22
                                                               

Narragansett Electric sale on hold indefinitely. How the cost of electricity in MA stopped it

By Alex Kuffner

On Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld a stay of a decision by that state’s energy regulators that’s needed for the sale to proceed of National Grid’s electric and natural gas operation in Rhode Island to Pennsylvania-based PPL Corporation.

03/03/22
                                                               

Rhode Island PUC Approves Rate Increases to Fund Energy Programs

By Rob Smith

Residents can expect to see a modest bump in their utility bills this year to support energy-efficiency programs. The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently approved new rates for National Grid’s energy-efficiency programs (EEP).

02/06/22
                                                               

Bill Would Increase Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Standard Over Next 10 Years

By Rob Smith

State lawmakers are eyeing increases in the Renewable Energy Standard, a move that could prove a windfall for renewable energy projects.
Under legislation (H7277) introduced by Rep. Deb Ruggiero, D-Jamestown, the standard would be raised incrementally every year until it hits 100 percent after 10 …

02/05/22
                                                               

Government Return of Environmental Bills Held for Further Study Planned for New General Assembly Session

By Rob Smith

Rhode Island legislators return to the General Assembly chambers this week, and environmental advocates are hoping to pass an ambitious agenda. The Legislature is expected to consider a number of environment and climate-related bills that fell by the wayside last session, which did see the Act on Climate bill signed into law.

01/03/22