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On Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, Representative Robert B. Lancia (R-District 16 Cranston) and the Burrillville Land Trust will host a public panel discussion to discuss National Grid’s recently approved 53% rate hike. The event will take place at the Cranston Central Library, located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, in Cranston from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and bring their electric bills.
“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 Rep. Lancia.
“I am asking that residents show up to this forum, and bring their electric bills, for a full breakdown of costs, and also to discuss their displeasure with the recently approved rate increase. I expect this to be a lively interactive look at rate increases and the cost of electricity in Rhode Island. Panel experts on energy use and more will be on hand to answer questions about why RI electricity rates are among the highest in the nation. They will also gladly take questions from the audience. I am really excited about meeting with the public and sending a clear message to National Grid and the Public Utilities Commission that Rhode Island taxpayers are fed up,” he added.
Paul A. Roselli of the Burrillville Land Trust said, “I want to explore why Meg Curran, Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Public Utilities, appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, said that the utility is entitled to recover the cost of the energy it provides? Curran also said rejecting the proposal could end up costing taxpayers more. The math just doesn’t add up.