Acadia Center thanks Attorney General Neronha for negotiating these additional protections on behalf of all Rhode Islanders. Acadia Center intervened in this case because electric and gas utilities must play a critical role in addressing the climate crisis. The provisions of this settlement are an important first step to achieve the regulatory requirements of the Act on Climate. We look forward to working with National Grid and PPL during the transition to ensure Rhode Island continues to be a clean energy leader. To that end, Rhode Island must double down on energy efficiency investments, bring more renewable power online, and end its dependence on fossil fuels for heating. Acadia Center calls on Rhode Island to build upon this settlement by initiating a proceeding to wind down the fossil gas distribution system and help transition more residents to clean, healthy, zero-carbon heating technologies. Every new fossil fuel connection will be a fire that burns for decades to come—we simply can’t wait any longer to take meaningful climate action.

To learn more, download a presentation about this case here. A video recording of the press conference is also available for viewing here.