Rep. Lancia to Propose Study Commission on National Grid
Saturday, December 02, 2017
This proposal comes after National Grid increased the electric rate 53% for Rhode Islanders.
“Despite vehement public opposition for Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission to approve the 53% rate increase for electricity, per request of National Grid, it voted to approve it. The decision to raise the cost of energy from 6.3 cents per kilowatt-hour to 9.5 cents is too hard for families trying to make ends meet,” said Lancia.
The proposed study commission will request that National Grid open their books and unveil their business practices.
Lancia added, “Why do rates continue to increase? And why was the response time to the most recent storm so slow?”
National Grid’s Latest Proposal
National Grid filed another proposal with Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on November 27.
With the most recent proposal, residential electricity customers would see a monthly bill increase of 6 percent while commercial and industrial electricity customers’ bill would range from a 3 to 9 percent.
Gas customers will see an increase of about 5 percent, averaging out to $65 more per month, while commercial and industrial customers’ annual bill impact would range from 1 to 6 percent.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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