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Rhode Island Legislature Passes Revisions to Increase RPS Goals to 40 Percent

LCG, June 28, 2016--The Rhode Island legislature last week passed legislation to increase the state's renewable energy target from 14.5 percent by 2019 to 40 percent by 2035. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo.

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PG&E Announces Proposal to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant by 2025

LCG, June 22, 2016--PG&E yesterday announced a Joint Proposal with labor and environmental organizations that would increase investment in energy efficiency, renewables and storage beyond current state mandates while phasing out PG&E's production of nuclear power in California by 2025. The Joint Proposal would replace power produced by two nuclear reactors at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant with energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage. The Joint Proposal includes a PG&E voluntary commitment to a 55 percent renewable energy target in 2031.

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Power Outage Hits Boston Moments After Governor Warns Utilities of Fines for Outages

LCG, Aug. 24, 2001--A scant three hours after Massachusetts Acting Gov. Jane M. Swift had officials of the state's electric utilities on the carpet, warning them that they could be fined for power outages that plagued the Bay State this summer, the lights went out for nearly 6,000 customers in the Boston Area.

Swift had called executives of NStar Corp., Massachusetts Electric Co., Fitchburg Gas & Electric Co. and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to her office to tell them that the state Department of Telecommunications and Energy will hold hearings later this year on power outages suffered by state electric customers this summer.

The Boston Globe reported that Boston alone has suffered more than 500,000 customer-hours of blackouts since July 12. That's the equivalent of every household in Beantown losing power for two hours.

Earlier this month, about 30,000 Boston customers of NStar lost power on a day when temperatures hit 100 and some didn't get it back for two days. "NStar" is the cloak of anonymity adopted by Boston Edison Co. when it reorganized to take advantage of electric deregulation in Massachusetts. When it was called Boston Edison, you knew where it was and what it did.

But NStar and the other utilities aren't moving targets, and Swift warned them that they would be fined if the Telecommunications and Energy Department hearings show this summer's outages could have been avoided.

During the brief interval between the warning and the next outage, Swift told reporters "If in fact the investigation (the DTE) will perform warrants, the penalties would be imposed based on the failures and the disruption of service that happened this summer."

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he wants to find out whether the utilities are violating part of the 1998 electric deregulation law that requires them to maintain staffing and maintenance at 1997 levels. He said his neighborhood alone has had excessive outages for years.

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