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We strive for a pro-consumer, pro-environment
energy landscape in Rhode Island.

People's Power & Light advocates for robust investment in energy efficiency and the growth of renewable resources in our state and across the region.

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Our Mission

 

Energy should be affordable and sustainable.

We support policies that curb the dangerous effects of fossil fuels and that facilitate an equitable transition to a future powered by renewable energy.

We work collaboratively with partners like the New England Clean Energy Council and the Environment Council of Rhode Island to achieve this goal through direct advocacy, program implementation, and education and outreach.

Engagement in the political process at the state level is necessary.

Rhode Island is highly ranked by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy for its energy efficiency policy and program efforts. We are also home to some of the most ambitious climate policies in the country including the System Reliability and Least-Cost Procurement, the Resilient Rhode Island Act, the Renewable Energy Standard and Renewable Energy Growth program. The steps taken here to make energy affordable and sustainable will influence steps taken across the region and throughout the country.

Our members are critically important.

Our growing base of 20,000 members makes us an influential advocate with legislators and decision makers because our members are their constituents.

We work to inform and engage our members and encourage them to take action whenever possible.

If you are a member, thank you!

If you are not yet, consider becoming a member.

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Take action to green up your community’s electricity

This past legislative session produced a new law enabling town and cities to help residents and businesses save money on their electric bills while increasing renewable energy content.

A city or town can now choose an electricity supplier for residents and businesses within that municipality. This is called Green Municipal Aggregation (GMA) also known as community choice aggregation. A community can take the opportunity offered by GMA to increase the new renewable energy content of their electricity supply above and beyond what is required by Rhode Island state law (the Renewable Energy Standard).

If you’re interested in learning more about GMA or want to find out how your town or city can get started, contact Priscilla at priscilla@ripower.org or give us a call at 401-861-6111 x201.

Read more about GMA here.

 

People's Power & Light’s Policy Priorities

Progressive renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation in Rhode Island is essential to mitigate climate change and shift our state’s economy towards domestic, job-creating, clean energy. This is why we work tirelessly to ensure that clean energy and energy efficiency replace fossil fuel generation in a timely and consumer-oriented way, along with other inspiring groups like the Conservation Law Foundation, the New England Clean Energy Council and other members of the Environment Council of Rhode Island.

The following are our policy priorities:

  • Rate Case and Power Sector Transformation Dockets
    • What's Going On: National Grid filed an application in late 2017 to increase gas and electric rates to provide safe and reliable service. This rate case is particularly interesting because of the proposals to support electric vehicles, integrate more storage, and align investments with state emissions-reduction goals. The Public Utilities Commission divided the case into two proceedings: Docket 4770 for the traditional rate case proposal and Docket 4780 to integrate the mechanisms from the Power Sector Transformation plan, where PP&L is a co-intervenor with the Sierra Club and NRDC. PP&L is participating in both dockets to confirm the results are good for consumers and the environment. How do we upgrade our electric grid to accommodate more renewables while ensuring affordability for all customers? We'll find out.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 4/30/18: PP&L will conduct a free webinar to give an overview of the rate case facing Rhode Island. We’ll provide context on who are major stakeholders, how this could be a major opportunity for clean technologies (like EVs/heat pumps), and how it relates to the Power Sector Transformation efforts.
      • 4/25/18: Check out our new web page about the rate case. Use this to spread the word about the case!
      • 2/7/18: PP&L Exec Director penned an op-ed explaining how the rate case can be a major opportunity to support EVs.  Read it here.
      • 1/24/18: PP&L made a motion to intervene in Docket 4770 and a motion to jointly intervene in Docket 4780 with the Sierra Club and NRDC.
  • Appliance Standards Bill
    • What's Going On: Improving the energy standards for various appliances is a reliable and effective manner to cut emissions and energy costs. National standards are unfortunately lagging, so states are stepping up. Similar standards bills in Washington, Vermont, Massachusetts, and elsewhere are in various stages of progress and demonstrate a collective efficiency interest. The legislation serves to mandate improved standards for plumbing equipment, computers, monitors, food services, and other products. The efficiencies will save residents and businesses money on their electricity bills and reduce CO2 pollution. The legislation has been introduced as House bill 7828 and Senate bill 2362.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 4/11/18: The Senate companion bill to improve appliance standards in Rhode Island had a hearing, PP&L testified in support.
      • 3/15/18: The Appliance Standards bill will have a hearing in the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Hearing details here. PP&L will be there to testify to in support.
      • 2/7/18: PP&L is co-hosting a legislative briefing today to kick-off the bill introduction at the RI State House Library 3-4:00 with National Grid and ASAP. More info on our recent blog post.
  • Pass the Energize RI Act
    • What's Going On: People’s Power & Light is an active coalition member of Energize RI Coalition working to pass a carbon pricing bill in Rhode Island. The proposed Energize RI act would set a price on carbon dioxide pollution. Companies who sell fossil fuels pay for emissions. In the bill, RI families and employees would receive a rebate from the Energize proceeds to offset additional costs and to invest in sustainable choices.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 3/28/18: PP&L will join our allies to testify in support of the new EnergizeRI bill S-2188 at the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee. Read our comments here.
      • 1/31/18: The Energize Coalition kicked off a new campaign with updated and improved legislation at a press conference at the State House.
      • 6/30/17: Unfortunately the EnergizeRI bill did not pass this session. However, there was a bill to study carbon pricing in the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council that did pass the House and Senate and should move to the Governor’s desk soon. PP&L sees this bill as a step in the right direction.
      • 5/17/17: Hearing notice! House Bill 5369 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Finance. Wednesday May 17th at the Rise (around 4:30 pm) in Room 35 of the State House. PP&L will be there to testify in support.
      • 3/21/17: Meet the team behind EnergizeRI at the annual Office Party. All are welcome to visit, enjoy refreshments, and chat about how to advocate for carbon pricing. Event info here.
      • 3/1/17: The EnergizeRI Act (S-365) had a successful hearing in the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee. Dozens of supporters provided written and verbal testimony. Many explained how the Act promotes clean energy development, reduces emissions, grows local jobs, and bolsters the economy. Check back here for hearing details on the House side and remember to contact your legislators.
      • 2/2/17: Kick-off the 2017 Campaign and Energize Act bill introduction with PP&L and the Energize RI Coalition. Join us in the State Room of the State House 3-4 pm. More details here.
      • 12/10/16: PP&L participated in the Energize RI Retreat to kick off efforts for the 2017 campaign. The leadership team will have a regional focus and will coordinate putting a price on carbon with neighboring states. The Energize RI coalition outlined key events and communications to engage local Rhode Islanders in this work. Stay tuned here.
      • 8/3/16: ECRI and the EnergizeRI coalition co-hosted a meet & greet with candidates for office at Ogie's Trailer Park in Providence. Attendees were able to educate candidates on the effects of climate change in Rhode Island and the climate action you want to see in the Ocean State.
      • 6/20/16: The bill did not pass this session. This will be a priority for next year!
      • 6/17/16: The bill is currently being held for further study by the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Without a matching companion bill in the Senate, the Energize RI Act does not have a strong chance of passing this year. PP&L will continue to work with our partners on the Energize RI Coalition to educate lawmakers and our community on the need for a fair price on carbon.
      • 4/9/15: We asked our members to contact their House reps and support the REG extension.
      • 3/10/16: The Energize RI Act (House bill 7325) hearing takes place and many Rhode Islanders testify in support.
  • Increase Savings Goals and Protect RI Energy Efficiency Plans
    • What's Going On: The Rhode Island Comprehensive Energy Conservation, Efficiency, and Affordability Act established the System Reliability and Least Cost Procurement mandate. This policy requires all gas and electric distribution companies to capture all efficiency resources if they are less expensive than the supply of energy. Proposed savings through efficiency are documented in the Three Year Efficiency Plans (3YP). Our Energy Programs Manager, Kat Burnham sits on the RI Energy Efficiency Collaborative which informs Rhode Island Energy Efficiency Resource Management Council (EERMC). PP&L pushes for higher savings targets that meet the goals of the Resilient Rhode Island Act. Planners are currently gathering stakeholder comments to advise the 2019 Annual Plan.

      PP&L is also actively opposing legislation (House bill 7808 and Senate bill 2499) that would limit the funding and support for Rhode Island’s effective energy efficiency programs.
    • Updates & Info:
      • 5/1/18: The House companion bill, H-7808, has a hearing in the House Corporations Committee. Hearing details here. PP&L testified opposition to this bill.
      • 4/5/18: The efficiency programs are under attack this year. PP&L testified at a Senate hearing in opposition to a bill that caps the funding mechanism. With our colleagues at the Acadia Center, we also presented sign-on letters from several local vendors and community groups opposing any efforts that undermine the programs.
      • 1/9/18: After some final tweaks, the 2018 Energy Efficiency Plan was approved by the PUC.
      • 12/13/17: The 2018 Annual Energy Efficiency Plan will have a public hearing at the Public Utilities Commission. PP&L will be there to speak to the implications of the efficiency funds scoop and budget cap, as well as the importance of the emission reductions and cost savings of the 2018 Plan.
      • 8/3/17: On Thursday, 8/3/17, the legislature finally passed a State Budget for FY 2018. This budget unfortunately included both the $12.5 million scoop of ratepayers’ energy efficiency funds and a cap on energy efficiency investments during 2018. Thank you to our members who contacted legislators about these issues. PP&L will continue to advocate for strong energy efficiency measures in the Rhode Island energy efficiency plans from National Grid.
      • 8/1/17: The State Budget includes a $12.5 million budget raid of Rhode Island’s energy efficiency programs. On Thursday, 8/3 the Senate will return to the State House to vote on the budget.
      • 6/30/17: Because the House Speaker abruptly ended the legislative session without formally approving the state budget, many bills (good and bad) did not make it to the finish line. Without a final budget, energy efficiency funds have not (yet) been raided. PP&L will watch this issue closely as the Senate and House try to reconcile. We will do what we can to guard efficiency funding.
      • 6/27/17: Shortly after the proposed funding scoop, we heard from sources close to the General Assembly that the bad efficiency-capping bill may move. PP&L called to action our members and lobbied legislators to oppose House bill 5640 from further limiting the efficiency programs. More info here.
      • 6/23/17: The amended state budget proposed scooping $12.5 million from the energy efficiency programs. PP&L actively lobbied against this raid. Read the sign-on letter we co-authored with Acadia Center here. More info on the scoop here
      • 4/4/17: Senate bill 632, a companion bill to the H-5640, had a hearing in Senate Committee on Commerce. PP&L and our allies showed up to testify in opposition. Read our testimony here.
      • 3/22/17: House bill 5640 will have a hearing in House Corporations Committee, details here. PP&L will be there to testify in opposition.
      • 3/1/17: A regressive bill capping energy efficiency programs was recently introduced. PP&L will OPPOSE H-5640 because it weakens Rhode Island's energy efficiency programs. The bill does not comply with the spirit of the least-cost procurement statute, which mandates that Rhode Island should invest in energy efficiency if it is cheaper than energy supply. Energy efficiency programs are working: they reduce energy consumption, create jobs, and cut emissions. Now is not the time to dial back on that progress!
      • 1/25/17: PP&L attended the first of many meetings in 2017 with energy efficiency stakeholders and experts. Stay tuned.

 

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Developing and advocating for policies and laws that protect and enhance RI’s environment. Working to pass a carbon pricing bill in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Serving as the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast.

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